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St. Elizabeth and Kroger Round Up to End Hunger program provides gift cards for families in need

St. Elizabeth Pastoral Care, Nutrition Services, the Gift Shops, and the Foundation, unveiled Round Up to End Hunger, a program that provides grocery store gift cards for families in need throughout the community. This initiative that began in March, allows patrons at St. Elizabeth cafeterias, cafes and gift shops to “round up” their purchase totals to the nearest dollar to donate their extra change to this fund.

In addition, proceeds from the Spring Shopping Celebration at Dillard’s Crestview Hills Town Center in April helped to end hunger in the community. At the event, associates were encouraged to shop for the spring season with a portion of sales being donated to Round Up to End Hunger.

The Kroger Co. Foundation agreed to match dollar for dollar (up to $5,000) of contributions raised for the Round Up to End Hunger initiative. In a further show of generosity, The Kroger Co. Foundation doubled their match and presented a $10,000 check to St. Elizabeth at its system management meeting in front of more than 300 managers and associates. The Kroger Co. Foundation believes in a world with Zero Hunger and Zero Waste.

Established in 1987, the Kroger Co. Foundation places its communities at the center of what they do. With their Purpose in mind – to Feed the Human Spirit – the Kroger Foundation supports nonprofit organizations focused on ending hunger, improving food security and bringing balanced meals to families who need it most.

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“We deeply appreciate the generosity and effort from our associates and the Kroger Foundation,” says Joseph Bozzelli, VP Mission Services and Pastoral Care at St. Elizabeth. “Together we can help feed the hungry in our community.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates five facilities throughout Northern Kentucky and more than 115 primary care and specialty office locations in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.

St. Elizabeth is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. It is a mission-based organization committed to improving the health of the communities it serves, providing approximately $100 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2015. For more information, click here.

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