View the photo gallery of the FUEL NKU Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Pantry Grand Opening. Photos by Scott Beseler, NKU University Photographer
Feb. 13, 2019–Northern Kentucky University and The Kroger Co. (NYSC: KR) celebrated the opening of the new FUEL NKU Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Pantry on Feb. 12, 2019.
The 2,300 square-foot pantry is the result of a partnership between Kroger and NKU to fight hunger on campus. FUEL NKU provides food and essentials to students in a compassionate, confidential and safe environment.Visits to FUEL NKU have grown by 83 percent over the last few years. Last year, it served more than 1,000 students.
“We have dreamed of having a holistic community center for so long, and now it’s a reality thanks to Kroger and the hard work of so many here at NKU. Beyond offering healthy food, the location allows us to provide case management services and connect students to campus and community resources. It’s a supportive approach to address the challenge of food insecurity,” said Dr. Jessica Averitt Taylor, director of the FUEL NKU Zero Hunger/Zero Waste food pantry
The FUEL NKU Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Pantry is more than seven-times larger than the old location. The new suite has refrigerated and freezer storage for healthier food options, expanded areas for students to visit and relax after getting supplies.
“The FUEL NKU food pantry partnership is a natural one for Kroger,” said Erin Rolfes, corporate affairs manager for the Cincinnati-Dayton division of The Kroger Co. “Our goal is to eliminate hunger in our region by 2025 by giving our neighbors the tools they need to thrive. The work done by the FUEL NKU team does just that.”
“I’m proud to partner with Kroger to enhance FUEL NKU’s services. Kroger has long, rich history of taking care of the communities it serves, and this is truly a wonderful example of a public private partnership to improve our students’ lives,” said President Ashish Vaidya.
Dr. Taylor created FUEL NKU in 2013, when she noticed students in her classes struggling with hunger. The pantry started out of Dr. Taylor’s office and then moved to a 300-square-foot old mailroom in the University Center. Over the past six years, FUEL NKU has created a campus community committed to fighting hunger. The newl ocation is in the Albright Health Center Suite 104.
About The Kroger Co.: At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve over nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.
About NKU: Founded in 1968, we are a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati. Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost. While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names. For more information, visit nku.edu.