There's a fundamental absurdity in the U.S. food system. Today, 40% of the food produced is thrown away, yet 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger. Redirecting even one-third of this food would help feed everyone in need. As America's grocer, we want to be part of the solution, and we have the size, scale and dedicated associates to do it. Kroger's Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan is our commitment to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste across our company by 2025.
There are heroes among us. Every day, our 450,000 Associates rescue food, recycle and compost in an effort to end hunger and eliminate waste in our communities. Each year, we recognize one Zero Hero from each of our grocery divisions, manufacturing and distribution plants and our home offices. Check out one story below.
Amber Brask: Zero Hero
Having experienced homelessness before in her life, QFC check- out clerk Amber Brask jumped at the opportunity to help others by selling 1,600 meal donation bags as part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste program.
Wilted to Wonderful
40% of all food waste happens in the home. Said another way, each year, households waste more than $1,300 in unused food. That’s crazy! But you don’t have to throw food (and money) away any longer. Our Wilted to Wonderful series provides great recipes to transform produce that’s “on the edge” into delicious dishes. Check out this month’s video below, and see more ideas here.
Wilted to Wonderful: Chilled Tomato Gazpacho
Not only are chilled soups a great way to cool off when the temperatures heat up, but they can be made use wilting fruits and vegetables that might otherwise go to waste! Here are some tips for making chilled soups using leftovers you may have lying around. Plus, check out this recipe for Gazpacho made with leftover vegetables and herbs.
The Road to Zero
We have a lot of work to do on our journey to create a world with zero hunger and zero waste by 2025. Working together with national partners Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund – and many other local organizations – we’re making progress. Here are some of our latest efforts on the road to ZERO.
The road to ending hunger in our communities:
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Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Year in Review
Here's a look back at everything we accomplished in 2018!