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Kroger Foundation supports Swoop's Food Pantry

NOVI, Michigan – Food is often the last thing families buy when they face extra bills like school-related expenses and the cost to heat their homes. College students may also find it difficult to buy food after they pay for tuition and books and rent for apartments.krogertwo

Kroger is helping six local food banks and Swoop's Food Pantry at Eastern Michigan University ensure students and families have enough to eat by awarding grants totaling over $480,000. Grant amounts varied based on the area each food bank serves and were presented to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, Food Bank of South Central Michigan, Food Gatherers, Forgotten Harvest, Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and Greater Lansing Food Bank.

Kroger presented a $20,000 grant to EMU, which will fund Swoop's Pantry expenses for the entire year.

"Students experiencing food insecurity have a harder time learning and studying," said Dr. Paul St. Leighton, EMU professor in sociology, anthropology and criminology. "The generous grant from Kroger will help students focus on their classes and will allow Swoop's Pantry to expand its efforts to address related issues – such as housing insecurity - that are also barriers to educational success and graduation."

"Financial contributions feed more families than food donations," said Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager, The Kroger Co., Michigan Division. "The grants also allow recipients to use the funds at their own discretion – possibly for improvements or to expand their operations."

The food bank and food pantry grants are possible through Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, Kroger's bold plan to end hunger in local communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

"Kroger's goal is to ensure local food banks and Swoop's Pantry are feeding as many individuals and families as possible to end the absurdity of hunger in our communities," Hurst said.

Four million households in Michigan live at risk of hunger, according to Forgotten Harvest.


About Swoop's Pantry

Swoop's Pantry is proud to provide EMU students with free food assistance twice a month (with an additional third emergency visit if necessary) to positively impact their well-being and college success. Personal hygiene items, cold weather gear, baby items, in addition to food assistance are provided as needed. Swoop's offers guidance for students interested in applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and advocacy for students interested in enrolling in a Health Michigan Plan. Swoop's collaborates with the Office of Nutrition Services (through the School of Health Sciences) to provide workshops on healthy eating, food demonstrations, and low-budget recipes.

About The Kroger Co. of Michigan

Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan operates 122 Kroger stores, 75 fuel centers, 104 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy. Michigan Kroger's 19,000 associates are dedicated to the Kroger Purpose: to FEED the Human Spirit, by serving the region through food, inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.

EMU Foundation is located at 112 Welch Hall, 850 W. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI, USA 48197 Phone: 734.484.1322