The Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation gift is part of more than $175K in cash and product the company has donated since March
Longtime Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee sponsor Kroger, and it’s Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation, is stepping up during a great time of need in our community – generously funding 15 Summer Food Program sites needed due to tornado damage in March and financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee for over 35 years and fully support their mission of ending food insecurity in our communities,” said Melissa Eads, Corporate Affairs Manager for the Kroger Nashville division. “They have always done great work, but what they have been doing these last several months to support so many affected by the March tornadoes and COVID-19 has been remarkable.”
Since early March, the need for food assistance has increased exponentially and Second Harvest is distributing more than 1 million pounds of food a week – a 40 percent increase over last year. The Food Bank established summer feeding sites to ensure children would have access to nutritious meals during summer months at home.
“We could not answer the call of need if it wasn’t for dedicated partners like Kroger who have stepped up to help our neighbors in need,” said Second Harvest CEO Nancy Keil. “We have seen a surge in demand during these unprecedented times, and we are thankful for partners like Kroger who have been with us every step of the way. We truly could not do this without them.”
The Kroger-funded feeding sites are located in Davison, Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Montgomery, Putnam, Rutherford, Sumner, Warren and Wilson Counties. A portion of the $175,000 included donations made at checkout by customers and associates. In addition to the summer feeding sites, funding will be used to assist the food bank with their ongoing COVID-19 response efforts throughout Middle and West Tennessee.
“Through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan we are committed to ending hunger in our communities and eliminating waste,” said Eads. “To support Second Harvest and this program specifically, is something we are proud to do.”
Second Harvest thanks Kroger and the Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation for feeding hope and fighting hunger in Middle and West Tennessee.