USO and Kroger join forces to bring mobile food programming to the military community

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“The USO is proud to strengthen the US military community with the help of our partner Kroger,” he said brian cowart, Chief Development and Marketing Officer at USO. “This initiative provides an opportunity for the American people to give back to those who have sacrificed themselves for our country and to connect with service members through the joy of food.”

Through this partnership, USO and Kroger will provide nutritious meals and bring a sense of home to military members, whether they are supporting natural disaster relief efforts, serving in remote locations, or completing basic training. Custom co-branded trucks and trailers from USO’s mobile fleet will collect donations from local shoppers and deliver food to various military bases.

As part of the event, the public can donate to Stuff the Truck. Some recommended items to donate include protein bars, fruit snacks, and peanut butter to-go—all of which service workers will enjoy.

off in Georgia, mobile units will deliver groceries to our uniformed heroes, stopping at Kroger stores along the way to replenish supplies. The first locations include:

  • Chamblee Tucker Store (May 16th) – Stuff the Truck fundraising event
  • Dobbins Reserve Air Force Base (17th of May) – Delivery to the military community
  • Grovetown Kroger Store (May 18th) – Stuff the Truck fundraising event
  • Fort Gordon (May 19th) – Delivery to the military community
  • Fort Steward (May 21st) – Delivery to the military community and meal for the family of forward deployed soldiers

“USO and Kroger have long worked together to support our service members and their families,” he said Denise Osterhues, Kroger’s Senior Director of Sustainability & Social Impact. “We are introducing three new mobile kitchen units over the next two years to take our partnership to the next level. Together, we bring hot meals and the taste of home to service members, wherever they are — in military installations, in providing food at USO centers, or in disaster relief services in our communities. This new Kroger-USO mobile kitchen fleet will be at the heart of our collective mission to feed our neighbors.”

Since 2010, the Kroger family of companies has been giving along with its generous customers and employees $35.3 million to the USO. Kroger is proud to be the largest USO contributor in the organization’s history.

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About the USO
The USO empowers American service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country throughout their service to the nation. In hundreds of locations worldwide, we are united in our commitment to connecting our service members and their families through countless acts of care, comfort, and support. The USO is a private non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs, services, and entertainment tours are made possible by the American people, the support of our corporate partners, and the dedication of our volunteers and employees. To join us in this important mission and to learn more about USO, please visit USO.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.

About Kroeger
At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and committed to our purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are nearly half a million employees across our family of companies, serving over 11 million customers daily through a seamless shopping experience under a variety of banner names. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To find out more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations website.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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