LOS ANGELES, Sept. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ralphs Grocery Company is teaming up with Feeding America® food banks in Southern California on a new health and wellness campaign.
Through April 1, 2017 Ralphs will donate one meal through the Feeding America network of food banks for every flu shot administered at its in-store pharmacies.
The partnership with Feeding America® was made possible through Ralphs' parent company, The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR). More than 2,300 Kroger operated pharmacies and in-store Little Clinic health care centers, including 81 Ralphs pharmacies, are participating in the health and wellness partnership with Feeding America®.
"Ralphs has a long history of giving back to the communities our stores serve," said Kendra Doyel, vice president of Corporate Affairs for Ralphs. "The partnership between our pharmacies and Feeding America® allows us to continue our tradition of community giving by protecting our customers' health and providing a meal to a hungry person for every flu shot administered."
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.
"Helping our customers protect themselves and their families by offering flu vaccinations is another way Ralphs Pharmacies make it easy and affordable to find health and wellness solutions in our stores," said Rebecca Cupp, Pharmacy Director for Ralphs. "Now with our partnership with Feeding America® we can also help in the fight to end hunger in our communities."
Most Ralphs Pharmacies are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends. (Check your local Ralphs for hours.) Customers can locate their nearest Ralphs Pharmacy by calling 1-888-437-3496 or by going to www.ralphs.com/pharmacy.
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.
Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 198 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women's health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company's stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation's largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.
SOURCE Ralphs Grocery Company