Lifting Up Our Communities

The Kroger family of stores gives back to our communities through corporate charitable donations and the work of our two philanthropic foundations. In 2020, total giving of more than $300 million provided much-needed food and funds at the national, regional and local levels during an incredibly challenging year.

Kroger’s corporate charitable donations provide cash and in-kind giving for nonprofit organizations and causes that our associates, customers and communities care most about.

The Kroger Co. Foundation, established in 1987, is the company’s private foundation. Last year, the Foundation directed $16.4 million in grants to more than 370 nonprofit organizations in 24 states, including nearly $5 million in COVID-19 relief efforts.

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The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, established in 2018, is a non-profit public charity designed to enable collective action, drive innovation and help create a more equitable food system. Last year, the Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation directed $16.5 million to our partners.
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Kroger works with national and local partners to meaningfully give back to our communities and fulfill our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit™. In 2020, we directed a one-year record total of 640 million meals in food and funds to nonprofit organizations providing meals for individuals and families struggling with hunger during the pandemic.

Since introducing Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan in 2017, we’ve directed more than 1.6 billion meals to our communities. We aim to give a cumulative total of at least 3 billion meals by 2025.

Fresh Donations

Ending Hunger

Thanks to our associates from coast to coast, Kroger donated nearly 100 million pounds of nutritious, fresh surplus food to our communities each year. This includes produce, meat and seafood, eggs, dairy items and more for local food bank partners through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program.

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The Kroger Co. Foundation

The Kroger Co. Foundation, established in 1987, places our communities at the center of what we do and how we invest. With our Purpose in mind – to Feed the Human Spirit – we support nonprofit organizations primarily focused on improving food security and communities that thrive.

The Foundation works to make a difference in the communities where we operate. We focus on supporting our communities’ needs today and finding solutions to build a better tomorrow. Working together, we will achieve meaningful change that transforms where we work and play.

The Kroger Co. Foundation does not make grants to:

  • Organizations that are not 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, or
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, age, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and/or expression.

We verify all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations through the GuideStar Charity Check to confirm they meet all IRS requirements to receive grants.

Other Exclusions
The Kroger Co. Foundation generally does not support: individuals or for-profit organizations; professional associations; political organizations or campaigns; fraternal and social veterans organizations; religious organizations; medical research organizations; other foundations or granting organizations; schools; churches; meetings and conferences; dinners, galas and events; sports teams or athletic competitions; and endowment campaigns and pledges.

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To submit a Foundation grant request, please visit All requests must include a 501(c)(3) tax determination letter from the IRS.


Committed to Our Communities

Community Rewards

Year after year, thousands of local schools, religious organizations and other nonprofit organizations receive support through Kroger Community Rewards.

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Kroger is a trusted partner in our communities, helping end hunger, eliminate waste, improve health and more.

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2021 Environmental, Social & Governance Report

We’re changing the way America eats—to nourish our communities, protect our planet and create a future with Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.

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Kroger directs about $300 million in giving annually to support our communities.

In 2016, Kroger donated more than 330 million meals to local food banks—more than 6 million meals a week!

More than $319 million was donated in Kroger’s name in 2016 to help support our local communities.

Kroger donates approximately $45 million a year to local schools and nonprofit organizations that matter most to customers through our personalized Community Rewards program.
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In 2016, Kroger donated $51 million to local schools and organizations through Community Rewards, providing funding to nearly 145,000 groups in neighborhoods where we live and work.
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The Kroger Family of Companies