In honor of Valentine’s Day, Smith’s Food & Drug Stores is spreading love in the community by donating 11 pallets of new clothes and shoes to nonprofit organization Volunteers of America, Utah. Beneficiaries of the new clothing will be people who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness.

The donation of 13,822 items of new clothing for men, women and children from Smith’s has a retail value of $275,235 and will also help meet the basic clothing needs of many impoverished and low-income families.  Counselors and volunteer workers will join together to sort the clothes for distribution.

Volunteers of America, Utah provides a bridge to self-reliance and health for individuals who struggle with homelessness, addiction and mental illness along the Wasatch Front.  The nonprofit relies on the community and partners to best serve the over 8,000 vulnerable individuals they serve annually.

“For a person struggling with homelessness, addiction, and/or mental illness, a brand-new set of clothes can go a long way to support them as they work toward health and self-reliance,” said Alexis Brown Brotherton, Corporate Relations and Volunteer Engagement Director for Volunteers of America, Utah. “It’s because of generous donors like Smith’s Food & Drug that these vulnerable people are able to change their lives for the better.”

The donation of reclamation clothing from Smith’s Food & Drug Stores supports the company’s visionary Zero Hunger | Zero Waste plan which is aimed at ending hunger and eliminating waste across the company by 2025.

“Valentine’s Day is a day of expressing compassion and gratitude and what better way to celebrate this day than giving back,” said Aubriana Martindale, Smith’s Corporate Affairs Manager. “Smith’s is pleased to contribute these new clothes to Volunteers of America, Utah who work tirelessly on behalf of those in desperate need in our community and hope this donation will help further their great work”

At Smith’s Food & Drug, 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
associates who serve customers daily through a seamless shopping experience throughout seven western states. We are committed to creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit www.smithsfoodanddrug.com

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