CINCINNATI, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today it raised more than $425,000 from customer and associate contributions to assist storm relief efforts in Oklahoma. In addition, Kroger committed to a corporate gift of $50,000 for a total cash contribution of more than $475,000 to support Red Cross initiatives in the devastated area. "The generosity of our customers and associates to support the Oklahoma relief efforts will help these communities recover more quickly in the aftermath of such devastating storms," said Lynn Marmer, Kroger's group vice president of corporate affairs. Many Kroger, Dillons and QFC stores across the country are helping customers donate through a variety of ways including coin boxes at registers. Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs 343,000 associates who serve customers in 2,424 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Jay C, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer , Fry's, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 328 fine jewelry stores, 1,169 supermarket fuel centers and 37 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 160 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club. SOURCE The Kroger Co.