Kroger shared the love on Valentine’s Day with four area non-profit organizations. The company handed $87,745 in checks to the American Cancer Society, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Francine’s Friends and the Community Harvest Food Bank.
In October, Kroger asked customers and employees to donate in increments of $1, $3, or $5 to the three cancer groups as part of its annual Cancer Day fundraiser. It’s a tradition that was started by Scott’s 40 years ago before Kroger bought the grocery store chain. So far, more than $5 million has gone to fight cancer.
“It will bring a lot of relief, a lot of financial support, emotional support to people in our community who are dealing with cancer, said Stacey Stumpf of Cancers Services of Northeast Indiana.
Kroger didn’t stop there. It also asked people to purchase pre-bagged meals or donate money at checkouts over the holidays for the hungry in Fort Wayne. Customers and employees helped raise $27,000 alone in that time for Community Harvest.
“Something like this just helps spread the love, helps to feed people that may not otherwise have a meal,” said Carmen Cumberland, executive president of Community Harvest.
The company also added $10,000 to that total as part of its Zero Waste Initiative, a plan to end hunger in the community and push for zero waste in the company by 2025.
To find out more about the four non-profits, click the links below.