ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The holidays are often called the season of giving. But just because they've come and gone, doesn't mean there's not people still in need.
That's why one well-known grocery store has teamed up with food banks across the south to lend a hand; including here at home.
About 50 volunteers from Kroger in Alexandria, as well as some of their family members, spent Saturday morning packing up boxes of non-perishable foods at the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. They were a part of a larger group of 300 who were at five different food banks, including a few in Texas.
It’s all a part of the partnership called ‘Souper Bowl of Caring.’
"Here, they're actually packing about 3,000 boxes that will go to our Kroger in Alexandria,” explained Food Bank of Cenla Director of Development, Linda Hutson.
When you add the totals at all five locations, (Food Bank of Cenla, Northwest Louisiana Food Bank, East Texas Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, and Tarrant Food Bank), more than 100,000 boxes were filled. They were brought to different Kroger locations, and when sold they’ll return to the food banks to be donated to families in need.
"This is great for us this time of year,” expressed Hutson. “People give through the holidays and do lots of food drives. And come the first of the year, it totally drops off."
Kroger has been participating in this event for more than a decade. It's part of Zero Hunger, Zero Waste, the company’s commitment to end hunger and eliminate waste in stores by 2025.
Corporate Affairs Manager for Kroger Dallas Division, April Martin Nickels, said it's a way for the store to take their service a step further.
"We're a grocery retailer, so food is our business,” explained Nickels. “So we're not just about feeding the belly, but we're about feeding the human spirit as well."
And they give a big thanks to the food banks for helping them achieve that.
"We're just so grateful to work with such fantastic food banks who work day in and day out to make sure no one goes hungry," expressed Nickels.
But food bank employees like Hutson give it right back. She said together they can take the little boxes and make a big impact.
"They came in and they were ready to go,” said Hutson. “They knew exactly what needed to be done. Help those that deal with the issue of hunger."
Those boxes will be available to purchase, or you can give a cash donation, starting on January 16 and ending on Super Bowl Sunday, February 3.