Kroger dispatches resources to Texas region impacted by storm

Marla Fielder, regional head of pharmacy for Kroger

CINCINNATI — As of Tuesday, 108 of 110 Kroger stores in the Gulf Coast region have re-opened and are back to normal operating hours, the company reported.

The two stores that are closed due to flooding are the Champion Forest/Cypresswood and Cypresswood/Hwy 249 stores. They are in the process of being restored to reopen and serve these very impacted communities.

To help patients impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Kroger’s Mobile Pharmacy Trailer is on-site at the George R. Brown Convention Center to serve displaced Houston families affected by Hurricane Harvey. To date, approximately 1,000 prescriptions have been filled.

In addition, a former Kroger store in League City has been converted into a distribution center for those in need. To date that impromptu DC has helped 1,700 families.

As previously announced, the Kroger Foundation is donating $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank, America’s largest food bank serving 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties, to supply operational support and meals to families affected by the floods.

In addition, product donations were made to the Houston Food Bank.

Kroger associates have also been pitching in on the relief efforts. As many as 300 Kroger colleagues traveled into Houston to help stores get back up and running, hailing from Dallas, Colorado, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, California, Utah, Kansas, Nebraska, Nevada, California and Tennessee. And more than 800 Kroger associates nationwide have donated to the Houston Helping Hands Fund, an employee assistance fund for their colleagues who were impacted in Houston.

Locally, 8-year Kroger employee Marcus Gary and a family friend wasted no time deploying three kayaks to evacuate their neighbors. And when 35-year Kroger employee Chuck Rathbun realized he couldn’t get out of his neighborhood during the flooding, he jumped in his boat and joined the rescue efforts. His efforts resulted in the rescue of 13 families, Kroger reported.

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