GAB: Kroger, American Cancer Society team up

ATLANTA -- From Sunday through Feb. 16, customers of Kroger have the chance to donate to the American Cancer Society by purchasing $1 Relay for Life "footprint" icons at the grocery story checkout lanes.

During the previous year's campaign, Kroger and its customers raised more than $170,000 for the American Cancer Society.

"Almost everyone knows someone -- a wife, father, brother, sister, grandparent or friend -- who has been affected by cancer," said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger's Atlanta Division.

"With more than 1.5 million new cancer cases diagnosed each year, Kroger is committed to raising awareness and support for those whose lives have been changed by this disease."

All 213 stores in Kroger's Atlanta Division -- which includes locations in Georgia, South Carolina, Northern Alabama and Eastern Tennessee will participate in Kroger's "footprint" campaign, which is an extension of ACS' signature fundraising event, Relay For Life.

For more information on the American Cancer Society, visit www.cancer.org and go to www.relayforlife.org for information on Relay For Life or to find a Relay near you.LAWRENCEVILLE -- Food marketing company Supreme Sales and Marketing LLC has launched a new food box program offering groceries at a discount, an initiative designed as a fundraising opportunity for community organizations and as a helping hand for those in need.

After the closure of Monroe-based Angel Food Ministries, the company felt it needed to re-establish the program. The nonprofit organization had served thousands of families across America for nearly two decades.

Supreme Sales and Marketing was initially a food supplier for Angel Food Ministries, but when company owners saw how the nonprofit's closure was affecting needy families, the company saw an opportunity to help.

The program offers community organizations, small businesses, school groups, churches and others the opportunity to purchase boxed groceries and resell them to families in need.

Groups can contact the business to place orders for boxes full of protein-rich items like chicken and sausage. The business then delivers the boxes to a "hub site" in the community.

Program Director Leigh Carroll said the organization needs more host sites in Gwinnett County. Any organization, she said, can work the program.

The host site in Lawrenceville is McKendree Methodist Church, 1570 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville.

To learn more about the food box program, visit www.supremeoutreach.com.

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