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Ralphs Store in Manhattan Beach Donated 60,000 Pounds of Food in 2021

Feb 21, 2022 07:17PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
The Ralphs store in Manhattan Beach donated approximately 60,000 pounds of food in 2021, part of its parent company's efforts to minimize waste and contribute to hunger relief.

Ralphs Grocery and Food 4 Less, divisions of The Kroger Co., have committed to a plan known as Zero Hunger | Zero Waste, with a goal of ending hunger in its local communities and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

All told, throughout the 2021 fiscal year, Ralphs and Food 4 Less stores donated nearly five million dollars and rescued 10.5 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations in California. This amount translates to approximately 27 million meals back to local communities.

“We are driven by our ‘food first’ mission that no matter who you are, where you're from, how you shop or what you like to eat, everyone deserves to have fresh, affordable, and easy-to-enjoy food, said John Votava, director of corporate affairs for Ralphs. “We are dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve, and grateful for the progress we’ve made towards our 2025 goal.”

Working Toward a Zero Waste Goal

Progress made by Ralphs and Food 4 Less in 2021 toward its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste program included:

•       Donating 27 million meals to communities throughout Southern California and the Central Coast in 2021. These meals came from the food rescue program and financial and product donations to hunger relief organizations throughout the year.

•       Rescuing 10.5 million pounds of safe and nutritious food that could no longer be sold in its retail stores or shipped from its distribution centers and manufacturing plants, for Feeding America® food banks (which includes the 60,000 pounds of food donated from the Manhattan Beach store). This translates to 7 million meals for the community.

•       Diverting more than 85% of its total waste from landfills across Southern California and the Central Coast.

“Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is shaping the local discussion around how to end hunger and eliminate waste across the country," said Vanessa Rosales, director of corporate affairs at Food 4 Less. “We’re proud of the work we’ve been about to do through our stores in California where our customers and associates have helped us use our scale for good.”

Kroger first announced Zero Hunger | Zero Waste in September 2017. In 2021, the company celebrated the total donation of 1 billion meals donated in just three years.

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