By Randy Tucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer
Kroger Co. Monday said it donated 20 million pounds of food last year valued at $35 million to America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest hunger relief organization.
More than 40 regional food banks across the country received donations from Kroger, which consistently ranks among the largest grocery chains to contribute to Second Harvest's affiliated food banks.
Kroger said last year's food donation was among the largest in the company's history and underscores the pervasiveness of the hunger problem in the United States.
America's Second Harvest provided emergency food assistance to more than 23 million hungry Americans last year, including 9 million children and more than 2 million seniors.
"Kroger is proud to support America's Second Harvest in feeding millions of hungry Americans," Joseph Pichler, Kroger chairman and chief executive, said. "By partnering with America's Second Harvest, we can help ensure that donations made by our customers and our stores reach needy families in those communities."
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