The food drive will begin Thursday and last until December 22. The 140 Kroger stores around Central Indiana will be partnered with a local food bank or pantry.
When the food drive is over, Kroger said they will total all pre-bag food donated and then they will donate additional food to round up to full case quantities for each food bank and pantry. The food banks and pantries will then make one trip to their partner Kroger store to pick up the goods.
Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott released the following statement Thursday:
“There is no cause more important than feeding our hungry neighbors, especially now as so many families are struggling. Even as we see signs of an improving economy, there are many local families who are hungry. We are hopeful this food drive will exceed the results of 2010’s “Share Your Feast” food drive that brought in $249,433 worth of food or more than 2,238,500 meals across our division, benefitting nine regional food banks and 69 local food pantries. Our 2010 Scouting for Food drive collected $187,216 or nearly 150,000 meals. As one of three partners in this year’s Senator Richard Lugar’s Hoosiers Fighting Hunger food drive, as well as the largest single-day food drive in the country in Decatur, Illinois that brought in more than 600,000 pounds of food, we are setting one record after another in helping feed hungry families amidst a need that has increased as much as 40 percent in some local communities. With the significant increase in food donations through the Perishable Donation Partnership, Central Division’s total food and financial donations to hunger relief organizations in local communities in 2010 totaled $7,994,369. It is truly heart-warming to see generosity from our associates and our customers continue to increase to meet the need.”