CINCINNATI, Aug. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today announced a new health and wellness campaign in partnership with The Little Clinic and Feeding America®, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. From August 15, 2016 through April 1, 2017 Kroger will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at all Kroger family of pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations.
"At Kroger, receiving the flu shot this year will do more than protect you and your families' health. Throughout this flu season, we'll provide a meal for a neighbor struggling with hunger for every flu shot administered in our pharmacies or The Little Clinic locations nationwide," said Philecia Avery, Kroger's vice president of Pharmacy. "Kroger has a long history of bringing help and hope to our neighbors in need in the communities we serve. We're proud to continue that tradition by bringing health and wellness to our local communities, as well."
Every year in the United States more than 200,000 individuals are hospitalized by influenza. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends a yearly flu vaccination for everyone 6 months and older by the end of October. Flu shots can reduce the risk of more serious symptoms and outcomes, including flu-related hospitalizations.
"Our goal is to provide quality and affordable healthcare for our customers," said Colleen Lindholz, president of The Little Clinic. "Healthcare experts recommend a yearly vaccination as the best protection from the flu. This campaign allows us to address two community needs simultaneously."
"Kroger is a true visionary partner committed to our mission to feed people facing hunger in America," said Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America. "This new health and wellness campaign is invaluable not only for Kroger customers, but also for the 46 million food-insecure Americans who receive food and groceries from our network of food banks."
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs in communities throughout America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
About The Little Clinic
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Nashville, Tenn., The Little Clinic is a pioneer in customer-focused healthcare with a mission to provide quality, convenient, affordable healthcare and wellness education. A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co., The Little Clinic health care clinics are currently located inside select Kroger stores in Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Virginia, Indiana and Ohio; King Soopers in Colorado; Fry's Food Stores in Arizona; and JayC stores in Indiana. The Little Clinic was awarded The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ in 2009 and obtained reaccreditation in 2012 and 2015. Visit The Little Clinic online at www.thelittleclinic.com, www.facebook.com/thelittleclinic and www.thelittleclinic.blogspot.com.
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 2,778 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 2,230 pharmacies, 785 convenience stores, 323 fine jewelry stores, 1,400 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.