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Kroger, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Launch 27th Annual Scouting for Food Drive

03/21/2013

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  • Scouting for Food campaign will run March 23rd to April 20th in 101 stores across Indiana.
  • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts collecting door-to-door and in Kroger stores in many Indiana communities.
  • The total collected in 2012 was 84,478 pounds, valued at $131,785 or 65,893 meals for hungry Hoosiers.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – March 21st – Kroger Central Division leaders, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and others came together at Gleaners Food Bank on Thursday, March 21st at 10:30 AM to formally launch the 27th annual “Scouting for Food” drive.

The 27th annual “Scouting for Food” drive will run in 101 Kroger stores across the operating division, including the Indianapolis metropolitan area, Terre Haute, the Fort Wayne region, Lafayette, Kokomo, Huntington, Monticello, Peru and South Bend. The food drive runs from Saturday, March 23rd to Saturday, April 20th.

Participating Girl Scout and Boy Scout units in metro Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Lafayette, Peru, Rochester and possibly other Hoosier communities also will be going door-to-door in local communities collecting food donations throughout the month of March. Each Scout unit will select a date that is convenient to their community. Some scout units may opt to deliver bags with attached instructions to residential neighborhoods in advance.

The food donations will go to local food pantries or, if a local pantry is not designated, to regional food banks. Kroger’s Community Ambassador in each store has a list of designated food pantries. Collection bins have been placed in participating Kroger stores for customers to place pre-bagged $3, $5 and $10 food bags into large collection bins. Customers also have the option of placing their own non-perishable food items in those collection bins. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will be in local Kroger stores on the first three Saturdays of the food drive to assist customers who make donations on that day. Kroger has worked with food bank staff to identify the most critically-needed items to place in the pre-bagged food bags.

The total collected in 2012 was 84,478 pounds, valued at $131,785 or 65,893 meals for hungry Hoosiers.

Kroger Quote: According to Kroger Central Division Public Affairs Manager John Elliott, “With the combined efforts of the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts, as well as Kroger associates and customers, we anticipate improving on an extremely successful food drive in 2012. This partnership with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts across the region fights hunger at a time when our regional food bank and local food pantry partners have seen the number of hungry families increase dramatically. By lending our stores as coordinating locations and drop-off points, our personnel as engaged volunteers and our resources to the “Scouting for Food” program, we hope to not only make progress in the fight against hunger, but teach valuable life lessons and provide community service opportunities for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. As a Boy Scout leader of many years, a former Boy Scout, the father of an Eagle Scout and the father of a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, I am personally dedicated to ensuring this program is a resounding success, not only in terms of hunger relief, but as a character building and educational opportunity for Scouts. With far too many children in this country going hungry every day, these Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are not only doing a good deed, they are meeting a critical need.”

Boy Scout Quote: "We challenge our Scouts to do a good turn daily, and the Kroger Scouting for Food campaign gives our Scouts the opportunity to do so much good in their communities," said Scott Clabaugh, Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council. "Our local food banks need help now more than ever. With all food going back to the local community from which it was donated, we are elated that Kroger continues to make this service opportunity possible."

Girl Scout Quote: “Girl Scouts of Central Indiana is excited to be a part of this state-wide community service project. Through participation in “Scouting for Food,” girls put into action one of our fundamental values – community service,” says Deborah Hearn Smith, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. “With the collection of food, girls develop awareness of their community’s needs.”

The Kroger Co. has been serving local communities for 130 years. The Kroger Central Division has 136 food stores, 114 pharmacies and 75 fuel centers operating under four banners, Kroger, Scott's, Owen's and Pay Less, with locations primarily in Indiana and Illinoie, in addition to three stores in Missouri, one in Michigan and one in Ohio. Kroger Central Division is dedicated to supporting every local community it serves, contributing more than $13.3 million in 2012 to local organizations, primarily focusing on hunger relief, K-12 education, health causes and diversity. The Kroger Co. was recently named the most generous company in America in a Chronicle of Philanthropy listing detailed in Forbes Magazine. At Kroger we value: honesty, respect, inclusion, diversity, safety and integrity.

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