Eastern Michigan University recognizes Kroger Co. for its commitment to combating food insecurity

Kroger's check presentation at the recent basketball game

YPSILANTI – In a time of critical need, Kroger, alongside Eastern Michigan University’s Swoop's Pantry and EMU Athletics, continues to spearhead efforts to alleviate food insecurity among students. Due to the success of this joint effort, Eastern recognized Kroger at a recent basketball game for the company’s recent contributions to Swoop’s Pantry, amounting to $20,000. Cumulatively, Kroger had extended support exceeding $90,000 to the pantry through various grants.

This partnership has responded to a pressing need, evident in the intake of over 1,000 student forms this year alone and an average of 90 daily student visits to Swoop's Pantry, illustrating the stark and increased demand among our student community.

“We firmly believe that it takes a collective effort to combat food insecurity effectively, and our alliance with Swoops Food Pantry and EMU Athletics exemplifies the strength that arises when organizations come together for a common cause,” said Cam Barrett, corporate affairs manager for Kroger Michigan Division stated. “Together, we aspire to create a positive and lasting impact on the lives of EMU students, ensuring that they have the necessary support to thrive academically and personally. This (recent) donation is not just a financial contribution but a symbol of our shared commitment to fostering a community where no student has to face food insecurity alone.

Having maintained a longstanding partnership with Swoop's Pantry, Kroger's dedication to addressing food insecurity issues has been unwavering. In early November, as part of their 'Zero Hunger Zero Waste' campaign, Kroger provided a generous $10K grant. A check presentation occurred at the recent basketball game, marking Kroger's total contributions reaching $20,000. Cumulatively, Kroger had extended support exceeding $90,000 to Swoop's Pantry through various grants.

Expressing gratitude for the relentless commitment and support, EMU Foundation Development Director Christa Reid, and Swoop’s Executive Board member said, "We deeply appreciate Kroger and their steadfast commitment to eradicating food insecurity on our campus. Their continued support is more than a gesture; it's a lifeline for students facing the challenge of hunger. Together, we are scripting a narrative of change, nourishing minds and dreams. Their impact resonates beyond the confines of our campus, creating a legacy of compassion and empowerment. They are true champions in the fight against food insecurity."

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 13,000 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. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. 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.

January 24, 2024

Written by:
Gabrielle Burgess-Smith

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Brittany Mobley