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Ralphs invites customers to support our troops

Ralphs and other Kroger-family stores, together with customers, employees and vendors, will provide $2.3 million to support the USO's broad range of programs that assist service members and their families. Since 2010, The Kroger Co., of which Ralphs is a division, has provided more than $8.5 million to support the USO, one of the largest cumulative gifts to the USO in the organization's history.

"The USO supports our military and their families in so many ways — from being right there for the wounded, injured and ill, to helping those who are on deployment record a bed time story for their children," Kendra Doyel, Ralphs' senior manager of  corporate affairs, said in a press release. "The USO connects with our service men and women every step of the way, and Ralphs is proud to honor our troops and veterans by supporting them."

Through July 8, store-wide promotions will feature hundreds of popular products at special sale prices. Customers can support brands that make Ralphs and Kroger's donation possible by purchasing participating items identified by customized shelf tags.

All of the funds raised will support the broad range of programs and services the USO provides to service members, their families, wounded troops and veterans. A private, nonprofit organization, the USO provides programs, treatment, comfort and much more to enhance the quality of life for America's military personnel and their families wherever they serve.

Ralphs is also recognizing company employees and their families who are active and former military members. Associates like Yvette Villa, who works at a Ralphs while pursuing her dream of being an Army specialist.

Customers can read more stories like Villa's, and learn how to volunteer with the USO or make a donation, by visiting

This annual event is just one element of Kroger and Ralphs' year-round commitment to supporting members of the military and their families.

Kroger and Ralphs have 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 Ralphs will also be able to show their support for our service men and women from May 25 to August 16 by donating spare change in specially marked coin boxes at check stands.