The donation is a result of the “Bringing Hope to the Table” holiday campaign in which financial gifts were collected in canisters at Ralphs & Food 4 Less' check stands to help local organizations like the Society.
"We are extremely grateful for this generous donation," said David Fields, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles, which serves the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara. "This gift will allow us to continue to improve the quality of life for children, families and individuals through our varied outreach programs.”
The check stand fundraising program is geared to help reduce hunger in communities across Southern California.
“Now more than ever, hunger organizations and food banks are stressed and stretched,” said Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs Supermarkets. “People who have never been in need before have been hurt by the difficult economy and they are struggling to meet their families’ basic food needs.”
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul THANKS Ralphs, Food 4 Less and the many donors who participated in this tremendous holiday program.
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 249 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. The company is a division of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Last year, Ralphs provided more than $6 million in cash and in-kind donations to organizations focused on health, education, the fight against hunger, developing our youth, and the environment. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at .
About Food 4 Less/Foods Co
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 146 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Nevada, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Last year, Food 4 Less contributed more than $4 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.