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Retailers step up to offer relief funds to tornado, flood victims

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK — In the wake of the tornadoes and flooding that struck many southeastern states, several leading chains have stepped up to offer support for communities impacted by the tragedy, including CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Target, Kroger and Publix.

Most retailers said they were contributing both cash and supplies to aid those affected by the disasters.

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Three Stater Bros. stores earn EPA’s GreenChill Award

BY Allison Cerra

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Stater Bros. announced that three of its supermarkets have received the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Award.

The regional chain said that the stores, all located in Southern California, earned the Gold Award from the EPA, the second-highest award offered by the agency to businesses that use refrigerants that do not harm the earth’s ozone layer.

This marked another green achievement for Stater Bros., which introduced a "Green Waste" composting program in 2009 in all of its 167 supermarket locations to turn organic waste into compost that is sold to area farmers.

"Stater Bros. is very proud to receive these awards from the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership," Stater Bros. chairman and CEO Jack Brown said. "We are happy to be doing our part to protect our Planet Earth, and we are especially pleased that the EPA has recognized our environmental achievements."

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Kroger donates $250K to storm, flood relief efforts

BY Allison Cerra

CINCINNATI — Kroger is committing $250,000 in cash and in-kind contributions to assist storm and flood relief efforts in communities across several Southeastern states.

Of the $250,000 commitment, the supermarket retailer is providing $150,000 in both cash and in-kind support, prioritizing food contributions to local Feeding America food banks to assist residents as demand increases. Additionally, Kroger’s charitable arm, the Kroger Foundation, will provide the American Red Cross with up to $100,000 in cash to match customer donations collected at the register in Kroger stores.

"We hope that providing food and water to local food banks and financial support to the Red Cross will help our associates and customers rebuild their communities in the aftermath of these devastating storms," said Lynn Marmer, group VP corporate affairs for Kroger.

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