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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond Awarded $6,000 donation from Kroger

Contribution will help programs that increase access to food for families with sick or hospitalized children

Richmond, VA – (May 4, 2017) Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond is the recipient of a $6,000 contribution from Kroger Mid-Atlantic, which operates 18 stores throughout the Richmond Region and contributed $775,488.00 to communities served last year. This gift was made to support the operations of a new program, Lunches with Love, which provides lunches to parents of babies in the area’s hospital neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Additionally, the gift will support the Ronald McDonald House’s pantry needs for 2017.

“We are so grateful for this gift to provide operational support for our Lunches with Love Program,” said Kerry Blumberg, Executive Director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond. “Lunches with Love began when we were approached by the hospital about a need they were unable to fulfill for the caregivers in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Nurses and doctors noticed that families were spending long hours next to their baby’s bedside without taking the time to care for themselves by eating healthy meals. Lunches with Love delivers boxed lunches to these caregivers in the NICU at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital. At Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond, we know that when a sick child’s family is taken care of, the family in turn is able to take better care of their child. In this case, the nurses and doctors are there to provide the best medical care for the baby, but they needed our help to take the best care of the parents so that they could be a strong support system.”

Volunteer groups come to the Ronald McDonald House four days a week to prepare and package meals for 15, providing the food and planning the menu. A Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond intern/staff member delivers the boxed lunches to the hospital NICUs. Funds from Kroger will help this program sustain and grow and support expenses related to preparation, packaging, and delivery of the lunches and ensuring we meet the hospital’s standards and best practices.

“We are always looking for unique ways to give back within the Richmond community,” said Allison McGee, spokesperson for Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “Partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond on their Lunches with Love program and providing ongoing support for the pantry are a natural way for us to contribute with our company-wide dedication to fighting hunger and improving lives within the communities we serve.”

In 2016, 3,120 lunches were delivered to area NICUs and the number is expected to double in 2017. Family members shared that the service meant they did not have to worry about buying food, packing lunches, or traveling to find food and that it gave them more time to focus on what mattered most: being their baby’s biggest cheerleader.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Richmond (RMHC Richmond), a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room®, RMHC of Richmond provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC Richmond-operated and supported programs provide access to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to cope better. For more information, visit www.rmhc-richmond.org, follow us on Twitter (@RMHCRichmond) or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHCRichmond).

About Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division:

The Mid-Atlantic Division operates 121 stores, 115 pharmacies and 86 fuel centers in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and the eastern portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. Headquartered in Roanoke, the Mid-Atlantic Division is dedicated to making a difference in the communities it serves by supporting hunger relief, women’s health, our troops and their families, local schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger is also a strong supporter of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities. Last year, Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic Division contributed nearly $13 million to communities served. For more information, visit www.kroger.com.