Kroger donates $10,000 to Swoop's Food Pantry at Eastern Michigan University

Donation marks the fifth consecutive year that Kroger has given to the pantry

Shelves of canned goods by the Swoop's Food Pantry sign at Pierce Hall.

YPSILANTI – Kroger recently donated $10,000 to Swoop's Food Pantry at Eastern Michigan University to help eliminate student hunger among EMU college students. Since 2018, Kroger has contributed over $70,000 to Swoop’s Food Pantry.

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste by Kroger logoWith an average of one in three students facing hunger, the mission of Swoop’s Food Pantry is to provide the community with food assistance and resources to impact well-being and success. 

For many college students across the nation and here at EMU, budgeting for food can be challenging for many reasons. According to a recent Hope Survey, 38 percent of students in two-year colleges and 29 percent of students at four-year colleges reported experiencing food insecurity in the previous 30 days. 

“There is an increased need to offer resources that reduce student hunger, especially now with rising inflation costs,” said Christa Reid, director of development for Swoop’s Food Pantry. “Continued support from Kroger has been critical in helping us guarantee that shelves are fully stocked for our students.”

The donation from Kroger comes as part of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan, which was introduced in 2017 and stemmed from Kroger’s commitment as America's grocer to end hunger in its communities and eliminate waste across the company by 2025.

To learn more, visit Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan website, or to make a monetary or food donation visit the Swoop’s Food Pantry website or contact Reid at 734-487-0496.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 15,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral, and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences, and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are delivered through the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website. To stay up to date on University news, activities, and announcements, visit EMU Today.

August 03, 2022

Written by:
Aric Bird

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