The Kroger Co. has announced a new, national effort aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across the company by 2025. “No family in a community we serve should ever go hungry, and no food in a store we operate should ever go to waste,” said Rodney McMullen, Kroger’s Chairman and CEO.
Across the United States, 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year.
“More than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes unconsumed, while one in eight people struggle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense,” McMullen said. “As America’s grocer and one of the largest retailers in the world, we are committing to doing something about it.”
Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan includes commitments to establish a $10 million fund within The Kroger Co. Foundation to address hunger, food waste and the relationship between the two and to accelerate food donations to provide 3 billion meals by 2025 to feed people in the places where Kroger operates. In partnership with its customers, associates and other partners, Kroger has donated one billion meals via combined food and funds donations since 2013.
Kroger also plans to achieve all of its Zero Waste 2020 goals that are part of its sustainability plan that’s outlined in the company’s annual sustainability report and to eliminate food waste in all of its stores by 2025 through prevention, donation and diversion efforts in all stores and across Kroger.