Kroger is hosting a School Supply Drive now through Aug. 5 to help support public schools in Middle Tennessee. Customers are encouraged to place donations in the special drop-off bins at the front of the stores.
"We are very excited to be able to support our schools in this way," said Melissa Eads, community affairs manager for Kroger in Middle Tennessee. "Every year teachers are forced to dip into their own pockets to buy classroom supplies for students with the greatest need. We hope to collect enough supplies to where that won't be necessary this year."
Most needed items include crayons, dry erase markers, erasers, pencils, pens, rulers, glue, scissors, binders, hand sanitizer, and notebook paper. Supplies will be donated to select schools in each store's neighborhood.
Kroger is one of the nation's largest retail grocery chains. The company operates close to 60 stores in Middle Tennessee. K-12 education is a key focus area of giving for Kroger.
Through the gift card fundraising program that is available for K-12 accredited schools, over $1 million dollars was awarded during the last school year in Middle Tennessee.