UNCF To Be Featured Non-Profit At Kroger Stores In North Texas

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Support Will Help Provide Students with the Education They Need and We Need Them to Have

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Kroger and UNCF–the United Negro College Fund– the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, today announced that UNCF’s new PSA campaign will be featured on Kroger’s donation “coin canisters” at all North Texas store locations July 20th through September 13th. Kroger’s coin canisters are placed at every checkout lane to encourage customers to donate their change to support non-profit organizations. Proceeds from the UNCF program will help provide students at UNCF’s member HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) in Texas get the support they need to go to and through college. Kroger, a longtime community supporter, also supports UNCF through its Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.

“UNCF is very grateful for Kroger’s partnership in our mission to help reduce the financial barriers that prevent many deserving students from attending college,” said UNCF Development Director, Cortney Lewis Smith. “Kroger’s contributions have enabled UNCF Member Institutions to provide higher education opportunities to hundreds of promising young people. This support is playing a critical role in the future of our communities in Texas and around the country by strengthening the schools that are best at preparing minority students to succeed in today’s economy. We salute Kroger for investing generously in UNCF and the education of our future leaders.”

“As college costs continue to rise, more students and their families are facing financial challenges. In an effort to help raise funds for talented and deserving students across the region, Kroger has once again selected UNCF to be a beneficiary of our coin canister donation program,” said Kroger Consumer Affairs Director Gary Huddleston. “Kroger takes pride in being a community partner and we are committed to building strong alliances with organizations such as UNCF that are dedicated to enriching the lives of others.”

For more information about UNCF, or to support UNCF scholarships or other programs, please visit http://www.UNCF.org or call UNCF at (972) 234-1007.

About UNCF

UNCF--the United Negro College Fund--is the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students' education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."® Learn more at http://www.UNCF.org Please send donations to: UNCF - 501 Elm Street –Suite 700, Dallas, TX 75202.

About Kroger

The Kroger Southwest Division operates 208 stores, 200 pharmacies and 110 fuel centers in Texas and Louisiana and is part of one of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains serving customers in 31 states. For more than 125 years, Kroger has emphasized a customer-first approach to providing quality products, value pricing, outstanding service and an exceptional shopping experience. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, the supermarket retailer is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, education, health and wellness, and diversity programs. Resulting from the retailer’s philanthropic commitment, Forbes Magazine lists Kroger as the most generous company in America. For more information about Kroger, please visit http://www.kroger.com.


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