Kroger unexpectedly donates nearly $35,000 to Central Illinois non-profits

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Nearly $35,000 is helping fight hunger right here in Central Illinois. 

Thursday, area non-profits throughout Central Illinois recevied unexpected donations from regional grocer, Kroger. Organizations received the funds are the Friendship House, Salvation Army and Crittenton Centers all in Peoria. 

Midwest Food Bank in Normal also on that list along with St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry in Pekin.

“Strong families build strong communties,” said Sandy Garza, Crittenton Centers. “We know that all the funds that come back to the Crittenton Centers in Peoria, stays in Peoria, helping people in Peoria and the surrounding zip code that we’re in.”

Kroger’s central division operates food stores, pharmacies and fuel centers primarily in Indiana and Illinois and has been doing so for 135 years. 

“This is such a gift for us to be able to put our arms around our community and our families because we believe strong families build strong communities, and more parent nights, more supplies– everything we can do to build the parents up, is the best thing we can do for the child,” said Garza. 

The “Share the Love” tour, inspired by Valentine’s Day, provided opportunities for surprise presentations to local food banks and other organizations in the five states served by Kroger Central Division.

Thursday’s total donations for Central Illinois are below:

  • Midwest Food Bank, Normal — $10,000
  • Friendship House, Peoria — $8,589
  • Salvation Army, Peoria — $8,589
  • Crittenton Centers, Peoria — $5,000
  • St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Pekin — $2,704

Kroger has been presenting these surprise donations since Valentine’s Day. When all checks are presented, the Kroger contributions will have a total value of $407,523, nation wide. One food bank recipient said the impact of Kroger’s generosity will be multiplied because it “will inspire imitation” by other companies.

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