Lifting Up Our Communities
In the past five years, Kroger has directed more than $1.6 billion in charitable giving to support national and local organizations that feed families and build stronger communities. Of this, more than $1 billion in giving focused on ending hunger and bringing our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social and environmental impact plan to life for our neighbors.
Through corporate giving and the work of our two foundations – The Kroger Co. Foundation and The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation – we direct more than $300 million annually to partners and causes that align with our mission.
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We’re committed to supporting communities in good and challenging times. Every year, we help hundreds of nonprofit organizations support others in need and make our communities better places to live and work.
Through Kroger Community Rewards, we invite our customers to direct funds to the local charities they care most about. In 2021, our customers gave nearly $46 million in Community Rewards to eligible nonprofits.
Embracing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Kroger strives to attract, retain and develop leaders and associates who reflect our communities. Because of our unique business model, we unlock economic opportunity for nearly half a million people of various ages and aspirations, from those wanting an entry-level part-time job to graduate-degree specialists across corporate functions.
Kroger proudly support the LGBTQ+ community and earned a Perfect Score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
Creating Hunger-Free Communities
Since introducing Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan in 2017, we’ve directed over $1 billion in giving to organizations on the front lines of hunger relief. This includes in-kind food and cash donations to provide meals for individuals and families in need.
As America’s grocer, we have a long-standing commitment to our neighbors.
Our associates help every day by setting aside surplus food in stores for donation to local food banks and agencies through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program. Partnerships with organizations like Feeding America, No Kid Hungry, the USO, American Red Cross and many others help ensure that everyone has access to nutritious, healthy food.
Building a More Sustainable Future
Kroger is committed to being a good steward of natural resources and reducing the environmental impacts of our own business operations and global supply chain.
We work with conservation organizations and other subject matter experts to reduce food and operational waste and boost the sustainability and resilience of our global food system and supply chain.
Seafood sustainability is a good example of how we advance progress. World Wildlife Fund has long been a trusted adviser to Kroger, helping us identify more sustainable sources of seafood and help improve fishery practices. See our Seafood Sustainability Report.
The Kroger Co. Foundation
The Kroger Co. Foundation, established in 1987, is the company’s private foundation. Last year, the Foundation directed $12.7 million in grants to more than 322 nonprofit organizations across the country to end hunger, advance racial equity and help communities recover from disasters.Read our 2022 foundation report
The Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation
The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, established in 2018, is a public charity that aims to transform our food system through collective action and innovation. Last year, the Foundation directed $18 million in grants to organizations who share our mission.Read our 2022 foundation report
The Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation’s signature program is the $10 million Innovation Fund, which supports entrepreneurs and creative thinkers with seed-level social enterprises that reduce food waste, improve access to healthy food and optimize supply chain logistics.
We are thrilled to support innovators with new ideas and solutions to some of the world’s most challenging but solvable problems. Some of our grantees even recently introduced upcycled consumer products on our store shelves.Learn more about the Innovation Fund
Honoring our Heroes
Kroger’s long-standing partnership with the USO is our way of saying thank you to our nation’s active-duty service members and their families. Since 2010, Kroger has provided more than $35 million in support, making us the largest cumulative donor in the USO’s history.
We introduced the first Kroger-USO Mobile Kitchen unit earlier this year. This kitchen on wheels brings the comfort of warm meals to our nation’s servicemen and women who are stationed across the country or deployed to provide critical disaster relief. Another mobile kitchen will be on the road in 2023.
When disaster strikes, the Kroger team is ready to help. Our associates make sure stores are open and stocked with essential food and supplies when needed most. We also direct funds to national partners like the American Red Cross, Feeding America and local partners who provide critical direct relief.
Last year, we supported several communities affected by natural disasters and unexpected tragic events. Kroger’s Helping Hands Fund also provides emergency financial assistance to our associates in times of need.