Kroger Donates Nearly $15,000 to Blue Ridge Food Bank
Michael McKee (left), CEO of the Blue Ridge Food Bank, receives check from Matt Tait (right), Kroger District Manager.
Kroger Press Release
Kroger today presented the Blue Ridge Food Bank nearly $15,000 as its share of the funds raised to assist hunger relief in western and central Virginia.
The check for $14,570.93 was presented to Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Food Bank, today in Charlottesville. The amount is the Blue Ridge Food Bank's share of the $118,000 donated by Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region to food banks in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.
Funds resulted from Kroger's Bringing Hope to the Table® campaign, which raised $3 million this year to support Feeding America and its member food banks that operate in communities served by Kroger.
"We're so appreciative of Kroger's continuous support and ability to motivate the community to partner in the ongoing efforts to alleviate hunger," said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. "Through the Bringing Hope to the Table® program, Kroger rallied the community to help our neighbors struggling with hunger, and their generous contributions will allow us to provide 60,000 nourishing meals for families, children and seniors throughout our region."
Matt Tait, Kroger's district manager, presented the check today to McKee at Kroger's Rio Hill store in Charlottesville. "Kroger's associates have joined our loyal customers in giving to those less fortunate and setting an example of stewardship that makes our communities a better places to live," said Tait.
For the past 30 years Kroger has worked closely with Feeding America and its network of local food banks to bring food, funds and hands-on assistance to hunger relief efforts in the communities where customers and associates live and work. Annually, Bringing Hope to the Table® brings key supplier partners and customers into the company's efforts.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia, serving 25 counties and nine cities on both sides of the Blue Ridge through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and Verona.
Annually, the Food Bank distributes more than 21 million pounds of food to 113,000 people each month through a network of 250 community partners—food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, schools, churches and other not-for-profit groups.
In the area served by the Food Bank, Kroger has stores in Appomattox, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Staunton and Waynesboro.
Kroger operates 120 stores in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio from its headquarters in Roanoke.
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