Matt Tait, the Kroger district manager, presented the donation to Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Food Bank, at the Kroger store at Rio Hill Shopping Center in Charlottesville.
VERONA, Va. (WHSV) -- Kroger presented the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank nearly $11,000 to help feed the hungry in western and central Virginia Thursday.
The donation came from customers and associates who donated $1 and $5 when they purchased groceries at Kroger stores in the region this year.
“We are grateful for Kroger’s year-long support and ability to get the community involved in the ongoing efforts to alleviate hunger,” said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Food Bank. “The great partnership that Kroger enjoys with its customers will result in the Food Bank’s being able to provide 43,000 nourishing meals for families, children and seniors throughout the region.”
“Kroger’s associates have joined our loyal customers in setting an example of generous support for the hungry,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic region.
For the past 30 years, Kroger has worked closely with Feeding America and its network of local food banks, including Blue Ridge, to bring food, funds and hands-on assistance to hunger relief efforts in communities where customers and associates live and work.
This summer, Kroger donated nearly $15,000 to the Food Bank as its share of funds raised by Kroger’s Bringing Hope to the Table program, bringing the total donation for the year to approximately $25,000.
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 nearly 21 million pounds of food to 113,000 people each month through a network of 234 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.