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Chicagoland community unites in an unprecedented initiative led by Mariano’s to support local food banks, pantries and those hungry in the neighborhoods they serve
(MILWAUKEE, Wis., November 19, 2018) — Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), is leading an effort to donate over One Million Meals across Chicagoland. In partnership with Northern Illinois Food Bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository and several non-profits, funds collected and meals served will help feed families across the Chicagoland area at a time when it is needed most, including restocking after the holiday season. This is part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative and builds off the successful One Million Pounds campaign last December, where Mariano’s donated one million pounds of food to Northern Illinois Food Bank and Food Depository.
“This is truly a community effort that we are honored to be leading,” said Michael Marx, president of Roundy’s, Mariano’s Division. “We are thrilled to see so many groups come together to provide for those in need through Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste program.”
Here is how Mariano’s is partnering with the community:
• Partnering with Curtis Granderson and his Grand Giving Campaign the month of November, with all donations benefiting the Food Depository and Food Bank (raise at register at all stores).
• Serving and providing 200 meals at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in the West Loop on November 20.
• In-kind food donations to local communities and non-profits.
• Working with the Salvation Army red kettle campaign at all Chicago-area Mariano’s. The kettles will be placed in front of Mariano’s stores starting on Black Friday through Christmas Eve.
• Accepting $1, $5 and $10 donations* at the register in December that will benefit Northern Illinois Food Bank and the Food Depository.
“Community partners like Mariano’s are a true gift to the work we do day in and day out,” said Julie Yurko, President & CEO of Northern Illinois Food Bank. “Their continued commitment to helping provide every meal, every day for every hungry neighbor in every community helps us provide to our hungry neighbors every year. Together, we are solving hunger in Northern Illinois, and for that, we are grateful.”
“During this season of giving, we are grateful for the steadfast partnership of Mariano’s in our mission to end hunger,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Food Depository. “By engaging its staff and shoppers in this vital cause, Mariano’s will ensure that families across our community have the food they need this holiday season and beyond.”
Members of the community can help Mariano’s achieve this goal of providing over one million meals by donating at the registers this holiday season.
Additional details on the One Million Meals initiative can be found on Mariano’s Facebook, Twitter and website at www.marianos.com. The hashtag for this initiative is #MarianosMillionMeals and #MyMarianos.
Mariano’s, the Midwest’s most exciting food destination, is one of four grocery banners of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). With 44 locations across the Chicagoland area, Mariano’s places a premium on the customer experience, offering a highly differentiated food shopping experience combined with exceptional customer service. Mariano’s incorporates Chicagoland’s distinctive neighborhood culture into its signature grocery merchandising, allowing customers to enjoy a truly unique foodie experience.
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