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    Kroger Second to None

    Retailer donates record 25 million pounds of product to America's Second Harvest Food Banks in 2001.

    CINCINNATI - The Kroger Co., operator of 790 convenience stores and more than 2,400 supermarkets, said yesterday it donated more than 25 million pounds of food and other products last year to food banks affiliated with America's Second Harvest, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.

    The donation, which is valued at $38 million, ranks as the largest in Kroger's history and reflects an increase of 6 million pounds from the previous year. Kroger's retail divisions work with more than 40 regional food banks around the country that are affiliated with Second Harvest.

    "Kroger is proud to support America's Second Harvest in providing emergency food assistance to needy families who have been hit hard by the weak economy," said Joseph Pichler, Kroger chairman and CEO. "Our retail divisions and associates are working harder than ever to support their local food banks, as well as a wide variety of community outreach programs and fundraising events that provide assistance to those in need."

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