CINCINNATI — Kroger on Friday announced that, together with customers, employees and vendors, the grocer will provide $2.3 million to support the USO. Since 2010, Kroger has provided more than $8.5 million to support the USO — the largest cumulative gift to the USO in that organization's history.
"The USO supports our military and their families in so many ways — from being right there for the wounded, injured and ill, to helping those who are on deployment record a bedtime story for their children," stated Lynn Marmer, Kroger's group VP corporate affairs. "The USO connects with our service men and women every step of the way, and Kroger is proud to honor our troops and veterans by supporting them."
Over the ensuing two weeks, store-wide promotions will feature hundreds of popular products at special sale prices. Customers can support brands that make Kroger's donation possible by purchasing participating items identified by customized shelf tags, including Kroger's own products and items from such key partners as Coca Cola, Frito Lay, Kraft, Mondelez and Post assorted cereals.
All of the funds raised will support the broad range of programs and services the USO provides to service members, their families, wounded troops and veterans.
Kroger also is recognizing company employees and their families who are active and former military members. Kroger has hired more than 22,456 veterans since 2009, and helped the "100,000 Jobs Mission" surpass its original goal to hire 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020 in January 2014, seven years early.
Customers can read stories about active-duty or veteran Kroger employees by visiting HonoringOurHeroes.com.