CINCINNATI — Kroger Co. here on Thursday said that more than 4,800 of its workers would gather in Louisville, Ky., next week to prepare and present 17,000 emergency food and personal care boxes in what the company called the largest one-day volunteer effort by a single company supporting the Dare to Care Food Bank, Kroger’s local Feeding America partner.
The event will take place during Louisville’s second annual “Give A Day” week of volunteer public service. Kroger’s event is expected to contribute 7,500 volunteer hours to the public-service drive for 90,000 hours.
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“We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in Louisville's 'Give A Day' public service week, and celebrate the variety of ways our stores across the country partner with local food banks," Lynn Marmer, Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs, said in a statement. “From fresh and non-perishable product donations, to thousands of hours of volunteering, to contributions of funds – feeding people is more than our job, it is our calling. Last year alone Kroger delivered the largest contribution of food and funds in our company history – the equivalent of nearly 200 million meals – to Feeding America and its local food banks.”
Kroger said workers from all over the country would gather in Louisville for a Leadership Summit to discuss the company's growth strategy and Kroger's ongoing commitment to its customers, associates and the communities it serves. The public service event is consistent with the theme of the meeting, that Kroger employees, both individually and collectively, "Make a Difference" in the lives of their customers and their communities.
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