–Ralphs Grocery and Food 4 Less, divisions of The Kroger Co., this week shared their latest milestones and results for Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, the company’s vision to end hunger in communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.
Throughout their 2020 fiscal year, Ralphs and Food 4 Less donated nearly five million dollars and rescued 9.8 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations in California. This translates to providing 28.2 million meals back to the communities in which they serve.
“Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is shaping the local discussion around how to end hunger and eliminate waste across the country,” said John Votava, director, corporate affairs, Ralphs. “Here in California, we’re proud of the work we’ve been about to do through our stores, customers, and associates to use our scale for good.”
Through leadership, engagement, and commitment, Ralphs and Food 4 Less continue to make progress in Kroger’s journey to achieve Zero Hunger | Zero Waste by 2025.
Notable 2020 milestones include:
• Ralphs and Food for Less donated 28.2 million meals to communities throughout Southern California and the Central Coast in 2020. These meals came from the food rescue program and financial and product donations to hunger relief organizations throughout the year.
• Ralphs and Food 4 Less rescued 9.8 million pounds of safe nutritious food that could no longer be sold in its retail stores or shipped from its distribution centers and manufacturing plants, for Feeding America food banks. This translates to 8.2 million meals that made their way back to the community.
• Ralphs and Food 4 Less diverted more than 85-percent of its total waste from landfills across Southern California and the Central Coast.
• Each year, Ralphs and Food 4 Less are in the top five Kroger Divisions for achieving total waste diversion.
“We are driven by our ‘food first’ mission that no matter who you are, where you’re from, how you shop or what you like to eat, everyone deserves to have fresh, affordable, and easy-to-enjoy food, said Vanessa Rosales, director, corporate affairs, Food 4 Less. “We are dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve, and grateful for the progress we’ve made towards our 2025 goal.”
Kroger announced Zero Hunger | Zero Waste in September 2017. Since then, the grocery retailer has worked relentlessly to drive change and conversations inside and outside the company. Earlier this year, the company celebrated the donation of 1 billion meals donated in just three years. Learn more here.