DALLAS – Kroger and UNCF–the United Negro College Fund–the nation’s largest and most effective minority education assistance organization, today announced that Kroger’s annual coin canister donation program, which was recently held in all North Texas store locations, raised $15,260. During the eight-week campaign, coin canisters were placed at every check-out lane to encourage customers to donate their change to support UNCF. Proceeds from the program will help financially disadvantaged students at UNCF’s private HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) in Texas. Kroger, a longtime community supporter, also supports UNCF through its Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.
“UNCF is very grateful for Kroger’s continued partnership in our mission to help strengthen our nation’s historically black colleges & universities.” said UNCF Dallas Area Development Director Diane Stephenson. “Kroger’s grant will also help reduce the financial barriers that prevent so many deserving students from attending college. Kroger’s continued support plays a critical role in the future of our communities in Texas and around the country by preparing students to succeed in today’s economy. We salute Kroger for investing generously in UNCF and the education of our future leaders.”
“One of our community focus areas is education because we recognize the importance of supporting groups such as UNCF that positively affect the lives of students across North Texas,” said Kroger Consumer Affairs Director Gary Huddleston. With the steady increase in college tuition costs and related expenses, students and their families continue to face financial challenges. Our annual canister program helps to raise funds for ambitious, deserving students. We are thrilled to know the efforts of our customers and employees directly help students achieve their personal and professional aspirations.”
For more information about UNCF, or to support UNCF scholarships or other programs, please visit UNCF.org or call UNCF at (972) 234-1007.