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Nutri-Grain and King Soopers Join No Kid Hungry to Help End Summer Hunger for Colorado Kids and Families

PRNewswire 4-Apr-2024 1:58 PM

$50,000 joint donation to No Kid Hungry will help kids access meals over the summer.

CHICAGO, April 4, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- All kids deserve a great summer, but for millions of children who rely on school meals, summer can be the hungriest time of year. That's why Nutri-Grain® is teaming up with King Soopers to donate $50,000 to No Kid Hungry to make summer a time for all kids in Colorado and across the country to grow, learn and thrive.

When the last bell rings at the end of the school year, millions of children are cut off from the healthy meals they get each day at school. The need is especially acute in rural communities, where children may be far away from free summer meals served at schools, libraries and community centers. Data shows that traditional summer meal programs generally never reach more than 1 in 7 kids who rely on free/reduced meals during the school year.

"Today, 1 in 5 kids face hunger. It doesn't have to be this way, and we are proud to be a part of the solution so kids can have the joyful summer they deserve," said Sarah Reinecke, Vice President, Portable Wholesome Snacks, Kellanova. "Working with organizations like King Soopers to support partners like No Kid Hungry not only eases the burden for families facing hunger, but also creates better days for the communities in Colorado we both serve."

This year, kids are facing a brighter summer. Thanks in part to the work of No Kid Hungry, kids and families in rural communities will be able to access meals through delivery or pick-up services, instead of requiring children to travel to the sites where the meals are served. Additionally, Summer EBT, a grocery benefit, will be available for eligible families with school-age children. Together, these new programs could help more than 30 million children in the United States.

"We are proud to be joining Nutri-Grain and No Kid Hungry because it's critical that all kids, regardless of where they live, get three meals a day, every day," said Jessica Trowbridge, King Soopers Corporate Affairs Manager. "King Soopers has been working hard at the local level to end childhood hunger and this partnership is an exciting moment to come together as a collective to make a big difference."

This initiative not only addresses the critical issue of childhood hunger but also underscores the Nutri-Grain® commitment to nourishing communities. Nutri-Grain® ensures families are well-prepared for whatever their summer may bring by providing eight grams of 100 percent whole grain oats and other grains, and eight essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium and vitamin D.

The partnership between Nutri-Grain®, King Soopers and No Kid Hungry is one of the ways Kellanova and its iconic brands are bringing the Kellanova Better Days Promise to life. Kellanova is committed to advancing sustainable and equitable access to food, creating #BetterDays for 4 billion people by the end of 2030.

Since beginning its partnership in 2013, Kellanova has helped No Kid Hungry reach more than 1.8 million kids facing hunger in this country. Learn more about how you can help at NoKidHungry.org.

About Kellanova
Kellanova (NYSE:?K) is a leader in global snacking, international cereal and noodles, and North America frozen foods with a legacy stretching back more than 100 years. Powered by differentiated brands including?Pringles®Cheez-It®Pop-Tarts®Kellogg's Rice Krispies Treats®RXBAR®Eggo®, MorningStar Farms®, Special K®Coco Pops®, and more, Kellanova's vision is to become the world's best-performing snacks-led powerhouse, unleashing the full potential of our differentiated brands and our passionate people.

Kellanova is guided by our purpose to create better days and a place at the table for everyone through our trusted food brands. We are advancing sustainable and equitable access to food by addressing the intersection of hunger, sustainability, wellbeing, and equity, diversity & inclusion, with the ambition of creating Better Days for 4 billion people by the end of 2030 (from a 2015 baseline). Visit www.Kellanova.com for more information.

About King Soopers:
At King Soopers, a company of The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. We are 22,000 associates who serve customers daily through a seamless shopping experience throughout Colorado. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America. But millions of kids in the United States live with hunger. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.

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