@OhioBobcats Partnership With Kroger Nets Over 7K For SE Ohio Foodbank

April 7, 2017

ATHENS, Ohio— Ohio University athletes showcased their skills this season, and as a result of their efforts, fewer people in the region will go hungry. As part of a partnership with the Ohio Bobcats, Kroger will donate $7,475 to the Southeast Ohio Foodbank.

The men’s basketball team’s sharpshooting skills accounted for $6,850 to the total through the Three-Point Goals for Groceries promotion, in which Kroger provides $25 to hunger relief for every successful three-point shot made during the regular season. The football team’s defensive determination lead to $625 as part of the Sacks for Sacks promotion, where Kroger donates $25 for each time Ohio sacks the opposing team’s quarterback. This is the sixth year for both promotions.

“The Southeast Ohio Foodbank is grateful to receive these vital donations,” said Katie Schmitzer, executive director of the Southeast Ohio Foodbank. “These funds will help put food on the table for the 1 in 6 individuals facing hunger in our region. Our work would not be possible without the generous support of community partners like Ohio University and Kroger.”

“Service to our community is part of our department’s mission and culture,” said Michael Stephens, Ohio University Sr. Associate Athletic Director.  “We are pleased to join forces with Kroger to bring this mission to life through these exciting and beneficial promotions."

Representatives with Kroger and Ohio University Athletics, including the university’s mascot, Rufus, will present the Southeast Ohio Foodbank with the donation at a presentation at the Athens Kroger, 919 E. State St. in Athens on Tuesday, April 11 at 10 a.m. Weather permitting the presentation will take place outside the store, near the ClickList™ entrance.

“These promotions are great examples of teamwork,” said Athens Kroger store leader, Jarod Soto. “The student-athletes do their part during the season, with Kroger’s financial commitment, we are together able to support a great need in the region.”