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Kroger Launches Initiative To Eliminate Food Waste And Hunger By 2025

By Desirée Kaplan

Over 42 million Americans across the country struggle with food insecurity. The problem is not that there isn’t enough food to go around. In fact, millions of pounds of food wind up in landfills every year. Kroger, a grocery store chain, saw this paradox and decided to create a solution. The company recently announced their nationwide plan called Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, to end hunger and food waste in one swing. 

Kroger’s motivation ties back to its close relationship with hundreds of communities. The company was founded in 1883 when Barney Kroger opened the first store in downtown Cincinnati and has expanded quite a bit over the past 130 years. Today, Kroger has 2,800 stores in 35 states and generates over $115 billion every year. As a successful food company, Kroger has been able to give back to its communities and follow through on their commitment to Feed The Human Spirit. The Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative is the most ambitious goal the company has ever set.

Kroger’s CEO, Rodney McMullen, explains why the company is so dedicated to feeding food insecure people, saying, “More than 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes unconsumed, while one in eight people struggle with hunger. That just doesn’t make sense. As America’s grocer and one of the largest retailers in the world, we are committing to doing something about it.”