The Maricopa Community Colleges Host Mobile Food Pantry in Partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank

A special ceremony will follow the event where Fry’s Food Stores presents $50,000 donation to Maricopa Community Colleges

TEMPE, AZ, June 15, 2020 — Fry’s Food Stores, a division of the Kroger Family of Companies, donated $50,000 to the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCDF) to address the urgent food needs of students struggling during the current COVID-19 pandemic as part of Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan to end hunger in communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

The donation was awarded through the Kroger Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 2018 to address a fundamental absurdity in our food system: 40% of the food produced is thrown away while 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger.

The Fry’s Food Stores donation will help fund an additional 20,000 meals through the MCCCD College pantry sites as well as support the distribution of e-grocery store gift cards to students struggling with food insecurity during this challenging time. The next mobile food pantry will be on Thursday, June 18, 2020, with a special ceremony where Maricopa Community Colleges will receive the $50,000 commitment from Fry’s Food Stores to support the District’s College food pantries. This donation is part of MCCCD’s overall goal to connect students to basic needs, resources, information, and services.

Who: The Maricopa County Community College District in partnership with St. Mary’s Food Bank and Fry’s Food Stores.

What: Mobile Food Pantry with a Special Check Ceremony with MCCCD Leadership

When: Thursday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (There will be a quick ceremony at Noon to receive the $50,000 commitment from Fry’s Food Stores to support the Maricopa Community College food pantries).

Where: Glendale Community College, S3 Green lot (see map).

How: This event is free and open to the public. For Interviews and additional information please contact John Heckenlaible at 623-845-3809 or by email.

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Media Contacts: Fry’s: Pam Giannonatti, 623-907-4980, pam.giannonatti@frysfood.com

MCCCD: John Heckenlaible, 623-845-3809, john.heckenlaible@gccaz.edu

About Fry’s Food Stores

At Fry’s Food Stores, a company of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. Headquartered in Tolleson, we employ more than 21,000 associates and operate 122 Fry’s Food Stores and 93 fuel centers across the state. Fry’s has been serving Arizonans since 1960 and was selected as the 2019 Business of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. As a division of The Kroger Co., we care about the communities we serve, working to end hunger and eliminate waste across the company through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan. In 2019 we provided 11 million meals to Arizona’s hungry families.

About the Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.