Monday, October 17, 2005

Smith's Donates $50,000 To Food Bank

SPARKS, Nev. - Smith's Food & Drug Stores awarded the Food Bank of Northern Nevada a $50,000 grant to start new Kids Café sites and to support our existing program. The grant will help us purchase a truck to deliver meals to new summer feeding sites.

The grant will also be used in our marketing efforts designed to increase participation, including the purchase of new ice-cream truck-style sound systems that will play music as our trucks approach summer feeding sites, flyers sent to all Washoe County low-income schools advertising summer feeding sites in neighborhoods, and banners for 10 sites. The grant will also fund start-up costs for new children's feeding sites and maintenance for Kids Cafe trucks.

The Food Bank is a food distribution and support system for more than 80 different direct service, non-profit agencies serving the needy, the ill, the elderly and children. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 3 million pounds of food to more than 80 member agencies. The food, valued at more than $4.5 million, fed more than 45,000 people.

Smith’s Food & Drug Stores is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Smith’s currently operates 126 combination food and drug stores in seven western states, including 36 stores in Nevada. In the Las Vegas area 2,090 Smith’s employees provide helpful friendly service in 27 stores.

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