"Kroger is deeply committed to the nation's veterans and their families, and providing opportunities to advance along a variety of career paths is one way we show our support," said Tim Massa, Kroger's group vice president of human resources and labor relations. "Kroger is a place where you can come for a job and stay for a career," Mr. Massa added, noting that about 70 percent of Kroger's store managers started as part-time clerks.
Kroger hired more than 7,000 veterans in 2015, and has hired more than 35,000 veterans since 2009 as part of its commitment to active duty troops and the nation's 23 million veterans through "Honoring Our Heroes," a multi-faceted program the company designed to show the company's deep gratitude to military service men and women and their families. In addition, Kroger is proud to have helped the "100,000 Jobs Mission" surpass its original goal in January 2014, seven years early. The "100,000 Jobs Mission" is a coalition of more than 130 companies with the common goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020.
Through the Honoring Our Heroes program, Kroger's family of stores have donated nearly $15 million since 2010 to help support USO programs, which represents the largest cumulative gift to the USO in its nearly 75-year history.
This is the third and final one-day hiring event Kroger is hosting this year. The company hired more than 11,496 new associates during its May 14 event, and more than 12,500 new associates during its Aug. 9 event.
Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 431,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,781 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to 2,240 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,423 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America's most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.
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