Ralphs Encourages Shoppers to Support the 'Great American Milk Drive' by Donating Nutrient-rich Milk to Food Banks during Feeding America's Hunger Action Month(TM)

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Ralphs Grocery Company is Making it Easy for Shoppers to Give Hope by the Gallon to Families in Need in Their Communities

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Ralphs Grocery Company is Making it Easy for Shoppers to Give Hope by the Gallon to Families in Need in Their Communities

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- September is Hunger Action Month™, a nationwide campaign from Feeding America® – the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. In honor of Hunger Action Month, Ralphs Grocery Company is partnering with Feeding America® to encourage its shoppers to support the "Great American Milk Drive" by donating nutrient-rich milk to families in need in their local communities.

Milk isn't just a drink—it's a nutrient powerhouse providing nine essential nutrients including eight grams of high-quality protein per serving. But it is missing at food banks in communities across the country because it is rarely donated. In fact, milk is one of the items most requested by Feeding America® food bank clients each year.

On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person, per year. But in September, Ralphs customers have the ability to help change that in their communities by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out. Every donation will help deliver milk to a local family facing hunger. All donations collected go directly to Feeding America® food banks that service the local community where the donation was made.

"Milk is the number one food item requested by our Southern California food banks," said Kendra Doyel, vice president of corporate affairs for Ralphs Grocery Company. "Through the 'Great American Milk Drive' program we are giving our customers, associates and company and easy way to support local California Feeding America® food banks by offering them access to an important food – fresh and wholesome milk."

Southern California Feeding America® food banks benefiting from the "Great American Milk Drive" at Ralphs include: Feeding America San Diego; FIND Food Bank (Indio); Food Bank of Santa Barbara County; Food Share (Oxnard); Los Angeles Regional Food Bank; Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County; and Second Harvest Food Bank Serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

What You Can Do Today
Now through September 28, Ralphs is inviting customers to support the "Great American Milk Drive" by donating $1, $3 or $5 at check-out to help local families get the nutrient-rich milk they're missing out on. Customers should check with their local Ralphs store for details.

About Ralphs Grocery Company
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.

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