Honoring Kroger's HeroesKroger is also recognizing company employees and their families who are active and former military members. Associates like Yvette Villa who works at a Ralphs store in California while pursuing her dream of being an Army Specialist. Customers can read more stories like Yvette's, and learn how to volunteer with the USO or make a donation, by visiting www.honoringourheroes.com. This annual event is just one element of Kroger's year-round commitment to supporting members of the military and their families. Kroger has hired more than 22,456 veterans since 2009, and helped the "100,000 Jobs Mission" surpass its original goal to hire 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020 in January 2014, seven years early. Customers and associates of the Kroger family of stores will be able to show their support for our service men and women at various times during the summer by donating spare change in specially-marked coin boxes at check stands, or by rounding up their purchases at registers. Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 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 200 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.