As Hurricane Harvey continued to bring catastrophic flooding and devastation to parts of southeast Texas, Albertsons Companies was mobilizing its entire chain of 2,300+ stores across the U.S. to aid in the disaster relief effort, Kroger Company Foundation kicked in $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank and ALDI ponied up with a $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross and another $50,000 to the city of Rosenburg, Texas.
“Kroger is showing extraordinary compassion and commitment to our community by stepping forward so quickly with this gift to the Houston Food Bank,” said Brian Greene, President and CEO of the Houston Food Bank. “Kroger’s donation will help us where we need it most: securing trucks, forklifts and temporary staffing. These assets are vital and essential to the Food Bank. Without them, we are unable to move food into areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’ve never had to respond to such widespread devastation, so our need for operational help is higher than it’s ever been.”
Albertsons and Kroger both launched nationwide fundraisers to help the tens of thousands of people in the affected areas meet their basic needs, with Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation matching the first $200,000 donated by its customers.
“As a company with a long and proud presence in Texas, including the hardest-hit areas, we’re committed to helping our neighbors get through this crisis,” said Chairman and CEO Bob Miller. “We know that the needs are immense, but so is our resolve for making a meaningful impact on the emergency response and humanitarian efforts. Our thoughts and prayers are with Texas.”
Along with the financial assistance, the company’s Albertsons and Tom Thumb stores in Dallas-Fort Worth donated refrigerated tractor trailers to bring and store food at the Salvation Army’s rescue shelter in Houston. The company also worked with multiple food banks to provide food and other necessities to emergency shelters in and around Houston and Dallas-Fort Worth.
Kroger sent its mobile Kroger Pharmacy to the Houston area to help refill customers’ prescriptions, provide immunizations, and perform blood pressure and glucose screenings.
“This storm has ravaged our city, but I know the heart and resilience of Houstonians: we can and will overcome this,” said Marlene Stewart, Kroger’s President of the Houston division. “Kroger is working tirelessly to help support recovery, rescue and relief efforts. We will be here every step of the way.”
Aldi’s relief effort also included 1,000 disaster relief boxes filled with canned fruits and vegetables, granola bars, peanut butter and utensils that went to Feeding America. Hundreds of ALDI employees packed the boxes during a service day at the company’s headquarters in Batavia, Illinois, to support individuals and families displaced from their homes due to natural disasters. The June event was part of the company’s long-standing partnership with Feeding America to prepare essentials that could be quickly deployed when needed. Each box contained more than 35 ALDI products. ALDI assisted further by arranging transportation of these supplies to the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, Texas.