The nation’s second largest grocery retailer plans to use its sophisticated inventory system to help channel food to needy people through the launch of a reclamation center in partnership with the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas.
Kroger Co. set the official launch for June 26, according to Adrienne Scruggs, public affairs specialist with the food bank. She said the reclamation center has been gearing up since April 9 when it received its first 28,000-pound shipment of reclaimed Kroger products.
Kroger Co., Cincinnati, is in the testing phase for the reclamation concept, with plans to initiate similar programs at food banks in Houston and Memphis.
Scruggs said the food bank sometimes receives fresh produce, which is a treat for clients who most often receive non-perishable dry goods, canned goods, personal hygiene items and household products.
The North Texas Food Bank provides 92,000 individual meals each day, according to Scruggs. She said the Kroger reclamation program is expected to annually provide 1 million to 2 million pounds of additional food and products to the food bank that it would have not otherwise been able to access.