CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kroger donated $32,000 to the Mountaineer Food Bank Tuesday, which is the largest gift it's given to any organization in its six-state Mid-Atlantic region. The donation is part of Kroger's "Bringing Hope to the Table" program, which raised $3 million this year to support "Feeding America" and its member food banks that operate in communities served by Kroger."I extend the gratitude of the Mountaineer Food Bank to Kroger for its generous contribution," said Carla Nardella, executive director of the Mountaineer Food Bank. "This donation from Kroger, its employees and customers helps to make our mission of alleviating hunger in West Virginia a reality for the thousands of people we serve in 48 counties in our state."
The donation will be used to cover part of the food bank's operating expenses, Nardella said. Joe Antolini, Kroger's district manager, presented the check to Nardella at the Kroger store in Gassaway on Tuesday.Kroger operates 36 stores throughout West Virginia. Since its launch in 2006, the "Bringing Hope to the Table" program has generated $24 million in funds and $7 million in food for more than 80 local food banks across the country.So far, Kroger has donated $118,000 to states in its Mid-Atlantic region, which includes West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.