SIDNEY — The Sidney Kroger is one of 30 area Kroger stores participating in the 2015 Food for Friends campaign, sponsored locally by WDTN-TV, Channel 2 in Dayton.
The 24th annual campaign will run through Thursday, Dec. 24, with corporate sponsors Kroger, Dayton Power & Light Company along with the Utility Workers Union of America.
“Dayton is the fourth hungriest city in America and we know the need is greater than ever,” said Joe Abouzeid, WDTN-TV President & General Manager. “WDTN is committed to fighting hunger and helping Miami Valley families in need.”
According to Patty Leeseman, public affairs chairman for Kroger, “one in six Americans don’t know where their next meal will come from. Forty-eight million people are food insecure. Kroger has a long history of supporting our neighbors in need. Food is our business so that’s why feeding the hungry is at the heart of our community engagement.”
Kroger shoppers are being invited to purchase an item to drop in the barrel as they leave the check out area.
“We are working to help end hunger — one meal at a time,” Leeseman said. “It’s important to our company, our associates and our customers.”
Last year, Kroger as a company donated the equivalent of 220 million meals through local food banks, including much-needed items such as fresh met, dairy items, fruits, vegetables and bakery products that allow food banks to provide food to local families.
Since 1982, when WDTN-TV developed the first Food for Friends campaign, more than 13 million food items have been collected and distributed to needy families through The Foodbank of Dayton and other food pantries throughout the region.