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Harris Teeter raises $8.3 million in charitable donations over fiscal year

BY Michael Johnsen

MATTHEWS, N.C. — Harris Teeter on Monday announced the chain donated as much as $8.3 million to its nonprofit partners during its 2013 fiscal year ended Oct. 1. The company also donated 5.1 million pounds of food to hunger relief organization — more than 1.4 million pounds than the previous year. 

Harris Teeter supports a variety of non-profit organizations in its communities including local food banks, recreational youth sports organizations, schools grades k-12 and United Way. The fiscal year 2013 giving total represents monies donated through a combination of company contributions, vendor-sponsored programs, in-store merchandising campaigns and donation card campaigns, as well as associate contributions made through Harris Teeter’s annual Community Cares Associate Giving Program.

Contributions made to non-profit organizations between Oct. 2, 2012 and Oct. 1, 2013 include:

$1.3 million to schools through Together in Education; $550,000 to hunger-relief organizations as part of a donation card campaign;$340,000 to JDRF as part of a donation card campaign;$587,000 to USO and Wounded Warrior Project as part of a donation card campaign; and$520,000 to United Way as part of a donation card campaign. 

Harris Teeter’s Community Cares Associate Giving Program and United Way Donation Card Campaign marked the final charitable campaign in the company’s 2013 fiscal year.  As part of the campaign, Harris Teeter associates made pledges totaling nearly $2 million to organizations including American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, United Way, food bank partners, Arts & Science Council in Mecklenburg County and the Hugh Ashcraft Foundation. 

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PopShoppe gourmet popcorn debuts in regional Sam’s Club locations

BY Ryan Chavis

LAS VEGAS — Opportunity Village announced the arrival of PopShoppe Gourmet Chocolate Covered Popcorn in regional Sam’s Club locations from Nov. 11 through Dec. 30.

The item was previously available at select locations in the Las Vegas area, but positive reception for the product resulted in a wider distribution. The popcorn will available in 30 clubs, including seven locations within the Las Vegas area as well as locations in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.

"Opportunity Village is thrilled to offer its products at regional Sam’s Clubs," stated Ed Guthrie, Executive Director of Opportunity Village and 40-year veteran philanthropist for people with disabilities. "Our clients, who we call OVIPs, take great pride in being able to share the fruits of their labor with friends and local communities. This has the potential to provide revenues for our organization that we could have never imagined years ago."

Opportunity Village is Nevada’s largest employer of adults with disabilities and is one of the most respected community rehabilitation programs in the U.S.

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Kroger contributes $3.2 million to USO

BY Michael Johnsen

CINCINNATI — Kroger on Monday announced a cumulative contribution to the USO of $3.2 million for 2013.

The funds were raised through the company’s Honoring Our Heroes sales event in May and customer contributions collected at check stands through the summer and fall.

"Kroger is honored and privileged to support our service men and women through our partnership with the USO," stated Lynn Marmer, Kroger’s group VP corporate affairs. "And we are humbled by the generosity our customers have shown through their participation in Kroger’s Honoring Our Heroes campaign and by donating spare change or rounding up their purchases at cash registers."

The Kroger family of stores, in partnership with customers, associates and vendors, has donated a total of $8.4 million to the USO since 2010.

All of the funds raised support the programs and services the USO provides to service members, their families, wounded, ill and injured troops, and our veterans.  A private, nonprofit organization, the USO provides programs, services and entertainment events to enhance the quality of life for America’s military personnel and their families wherever they serve. 

Kroger also is committed to hiring veterans, the company noted. Since 2009, more than 21,200 veterans have joined the company. Last year, Kroger joined more than 90 other companies in the "100,000 Jobs Mission."  The program has a collective goal of hiring more than 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. 

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