Kroger grocery stores and their customers contributed more than $400,000 to the Salvation Army through the Food Angel Tree program this past holiday season.
The program is similar to the regular Angel Tree program except when a customer picks an Angel from the tree at Kroger, they contribute $25 at checkout to provide an Angel Tree family with Christmas dinner.
"Without Kroger, Christmas would be a lot less filling for many hungry families," said Lt. Colonel Charles White, of the Nashville Area Command of the Salvation Army. "We cannot say thank you enough to all the generous people who wanted to make sure that everyone in this community had enough food during Christmas."
The charitable effort at 63 area Kroger stores helped feed thousands of families at Christmas. Kroger also hosted The Salvation Army's iconic Red Kettles that raise much needed funding that supports the organization's programs and services year round. In the Nashville area alone, 32 kettles at Kroger stores raised $156,042. Kroger also provided food for all Salvation Army Angel Tree warehouse employees and volunteers over the holiday season.
"We were honored to be able to team up with the Salvation Army to help make Christmas brighter for families in need," said Melissa Eads, community affairs manager for Kroger. "Our customers and associates are very giving and have a history of responding anytime we give them the opportunity to reach out to those less fortunate."