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Charitable Giving Activities of The Kroger Co.

The Kroger Co. contributed more than $152 million to local communities and non-profit organizations in 2008 as part of its “Neighbor to Neighbor” charitable giving program. Over the past five years, Kroger has contributed $731 million to charitable causes around the country.

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These contributions – which averaged nearly $13 million per month – included donations made by the Kroger Co. family of stores, the Company’s charitable foundation, and funds raised in partnership with customers and associates through in-store events and cause-marketing promotions. Roughly 30,000 local schools, hunger relief agencies, youth programs and non-profit organizations in communities where Kroger operates stores or manufacturing facilities received support from the Company.

Kroger focuses its charitable giving in several key areas: hunger relief; K-12 education; grassroots service organizations; and women’s health. In addition, Kroger supports organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities, The Salvation Army and American Red Cross.

  • Our retail divisions work closely with more than 80 regional food banks affiliated with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization (formerly known as America’s Second Harvest). Last year, the Company donated 18 million pounds of dry grocery items, valued at $27 million. Kroger has partnered with the agency to help fight hunger in America for nearly 30 years.
    In 2008 Kroger launched a Company-wide perishable donations program, which enables stores across the Kroger family of banners to donate meat, produce, bakery items and dairy products to food banks that are able to safely handle perishable foods. More than 14 million pounds of highly nutritious food – valued at $21 million – was donated during the first year of the program. Full implementation of the program will be completed by late 2009.
  • More than 30,000 schools, clubs churches, synagogues and other non-profit organizations earned funds through sales-based fundraising programs in the retail divisions. This fundraising program is Kroger’s largest community activity, resulting in contributions of nearly $35 million in 2008.
  • Our divisions contributed $19 million to local schools and educational initiatives through cash and product donations, foundation grants, and the non-profit fundraising program.
  • Associate donations and in-store fundraising generated $35 million in contributions to support local campaigns that included breast cancer research, disaster relief agencies and children’s hospitals.
  • The Kroger Co. Foundation awarded approximately 1,700 grants totaling $6.5 million. Grants are made to organizations within the Company's charitable guidelines that serve the communities where our customers and associates live and work.
  • Customers and associates of Kroger family of stores locations nationwide contributed $10.6 million to the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle campaign. All of the funds raised stayed in the community where the donations were made.
  • Kroger’s operating divisions sponsor Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s Race for the Cure events and the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks in almost all our major markets.