Kroger Will Honor America’s Heroes with a $109,842 Donation to USO

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Contribution will benefit local service members and families through USO of Central and Southern Ohio

Westerville (July 11, 2017) – Kroger customers confirmed their support for members of America’s military by contributing a record $109,842 to benefit the USO during The Kroger Co., Columbus Division’s annual Honoring Our Heroes campaign. Amy McCormick, Kroger corporate affairs manager – Columbus Division, will present a check to United Service Organizations (USO) representatives at the Marysville Kroger Marketplace on Friday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. The store is located at 1501 West 5th Street.

According to McCormick, 100 percent of funds raised will benefit the USO of Central and Southern Ohio. The Columbus Division’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign began May 21 and continued through June 3, with funds collected through scan card purchases at Kroger’s Columbus Division store registers. Customers were invited to write the names of their military heroes on their cards to show support for a military branch by placing it on Kroger’s special USO sign.

“We count thousands of military personnel and veterans among our associates and customers and their families,” McCormick said. “It is an honor to present this check to the USO of Central and Southern Ohio, which reaches out to local military members and their families as well as others in West Virginia and Kentucky.”

Kroger selected the Marysville Kroger Marketplace as the location to present the check because the store collected the most funds during the campaign.

The USO is a nonprofit, charitable corporation chartered by Congress that relies on donations from individuals, organizations and corporations. The organization offers a variety of programs and services designed to support American service members and their families.

The Kroger Company launched its Honoring Our Heroes campaign in 2010. For more information, please visit

About USO:

For 75 years, the USO has strengthened America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family and loved ones throughout their service to the nation. USO of Central & Southern Ohio (USO CSO) continues that mission today by serving more than 105,000 military and their families annually throughout 65 counties in Ohio, Kentucky & West Virginia. USO CSO provides a home away from home by offering a safe, comfortable, and relaxing lounge as they prepare for or are coming home from deployment through 5 USO Centers located at Columbus, Dayton & Cincinnati International Airports as well as our newly opened center located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. In addition our USO provides funding to support critical Family Support services to include youth camps, family camps, single service member retreats, unit holiday events, military appreciation events and much more! Supporting America’s military was the first mission of the USO, and over time, the USO has refined this mission, developing new programs and services to meet the ever-changing needs of our military and their families, all the while, holding steadfast to our original mission. USO-CSO provides support to those who need it most, including morale-boosting and family-strengthening programs, deployment and redeployment support to help servicemen and women adjusting to the duty ahead, resiliency training for families facing multiple deployments, as well as discreet and compassionate escorts and other support for Families of the Fallen.

About Kroger’s Columbus Division:

Since 1907, Kroger’s Columbus Division has been serving customers throughout central Ohio. Today, more than 21,000 associates assist customers in 121 supermarkets, 120 pharmacies and 90 fuel centers throughout central and northwest Ohio, as well as southeast Michigan and the Ohio River Valley region. The Columbus Division is home to Kroger’s Great Lakes Distribution Center, The Kroger Bakery, Tamarack Dairy and Kroger Pharmacy’s regional fulfillment center. Focusing its charitable efforts on hunger relief, supporting our nation’s military, breast cancer awareness and local school and education programs, the division donated $4 million in 2016 to more than 4500 local non-profits through the division’s Kroger Community Rewards program. Since 2010, the division has donated more than $2 million to Feeding America food banks throughout the region. Committed to environmental sustainability, currently all division stores participate in organics recycling and 20 stores have earned Energy Star certification through the EPA for reducing energy consumption.

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