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Kroger Ranks asTop Retail Donor to America's Second Harvest for Third Consecutive Year

Submitted by: Kroger Co.

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Feb 28, 2001 – 11:00 PM EST


Divisions Gave More Than 19 Million Pounds of Product to Food Banks in 2000

Feb. 28 /CSRwire/ - The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced it onceagain ranks as the leading retail donor to Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.

Kroger divisions last year donated more than 19 million pounds of food and other products valued at $32 million to food banks affiliated with Second Harvest. It is the third consecutive year that Kroger has topped the list of retail donors.

Kroger's retail divisions, in conjunction with suppliers, work with more than 40 regional food banks around the country that are affiliated with Second Harvest.

"Kroger is proud to support America's Second Harvest in providing emergency food assistance to needy families across the country," said Joseph A. Pichler, Kroger chairman and chief executive officer. "Our retail divisions and associates are working hard to make a real difference in their communities through a broad range of community outreach programs, fund raising and volunteer efforts. Thanks to their hard work, our customers and suppliers can be sure that their donations are feeding millions of hungry people."

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kroger is one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains. At the end of the third quarter, the Company operated 2,343 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under nearly two dozen banners, including Kroger, Fred Meyer, Ralphs, Smith's, King Soopers, Dillon, Fry's, City Market, Food 4 Less and Quality Food Centers. Kroger also operates 787 convenience stores, 396 fine jewelry stores, 87 supermarket fuel centers and 41 food processing plants.

For more information, please contact:

Gary Rhodes The Kroger Co.
Phone: (513) 762-1304


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