Did you know? Kroger has been a staple in the Louisville community for more than 90 years. With 115 stores and more than 19,000 associates in the Louisville Division extending into Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois, the franchise strives to make a positive, social + charitable impact both nationally and locally.
Kroger partners with local organizations like Dare to Care to deliver nutritious goods to neighborhoods with limited or no access to fresh fruits +vegetables. | Photo provided by Kroger
By the numbers 📈
Here’s how Kroger gave back to the community on a national scale in 2021:
$16.4 million: Grant dollars Kroger gave to 370 nonprofit organizations in 24 states to fund multiple avenues of community support.
30,000: Volunteer hours by store engagement teams at organizations near to their hearts.
640 million: Meals Kroger directed (in addition to funds) to nonprofits. Since 2017, they’ve directed 1.6 billion meals to communities in need.
100%: Percentage of proceeds donated by customers and associates that went directly to each charitable organization (bonus: all 100% tax deductible).
Kroger’s local impact 🍽️
From supporting food pantries on college campuses to partnerships with local businesses and organizations, Kroger is committed to helping the people live better lives in the communities they serve. Here’s how:
Kroger Community Rewards: Shoppers can add a local organization to their Kroger Shopper’s card and Kroger will donate to that organization — at no cost to the consumer. $3.6 million is raised annually through this initiative.
Zero Hunger | Zero Waste: To honor Kroger’s company-wide commitment to creating communities free of hunger and waste by 2025, this program redirects food, funds, and products soless goes into the trash + more goes into the hands of community members who need it.
Honoring local veterans: As a way to thank veterans for their service, Kroger works with organizations like the USO and Warrior Homesteads. Plus,Kroger has hired 45,000 veterans since 2009.
In-store healthcare clinic: Kroger is investing in community health + wellness through theirin-store clinic with Board-Certified healthcare providers available for diagnostic treatment and prevention (think: illnesses, screenings, minor injuries + more).
Kroger’s goal is to “Feed the Human Spirit” by supporting non-profit organizations that help our community. | Photo provided by Kroger
Plant Swap | Mon., Aug. 1 | 6:30-10 p.m. | Hi-Wire Brewing | Free to attend | Share expertise, tools, pots + cuttings with other plant lovers in the 502. 🪴
Valley Maker | Tues., Aug. 2 | 7 p.m. | West Sixth NuLu, 817 E. Market St. | $10 | Head upstairs for this dreamy music with support from smithsmith. 🎶
Anastasia | Tues., Aug. 2-Sun., Aug. 7 | Various Times | Kentucky Performing Arts Center | $46.22+ | Travel back to Europe in the 1920s as Anastasia sets out to discover her mysterious past.
Drinks & Details | Wed., Aug. 3 | 5:30-7 p.m. | The Local Seltzery, 828 E. Main St. | Free to attend | Learn about YPAL’s Emerging Leaders Program + hear pro tips from other young professionals to develop your leadership skills. 🥂
53rd Annual Street Rod Nationals | Thurs., Aug. 4-Sun., Aug. 7 | 8 a.m. | Kentucky Exposition Center | $19+ | See a collection of cool cars + enter to win a 1934 Hi-Boy Coupe. 🏎️
Drag Race: Lady Camden | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8 p.m.-3 a.m. | Play Louisville | $20+ | See the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 14 runner-up — and City Editor Sarah’s favorite queen — perform in two shows. 💃
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Yang Kee Noodle in Middletown is closing after 19 years in business. The Asian-fusion menu featured made-to-order stir frys, noodle bowls + soups. ICYMI: We told you last month that a new Biscuit Belly would be moving into the location at 13301 Shelbyville Rd. (The Courier-Journal)
Jack Harlow is returning to the 502 to compete in The Homies 3rd Annual Celebrity Kickball Tournament on Wed., Aug. 10 at Jim Patterson Stadium. This will be the Louisvillian’s second year playing + profits will go toward Norton Children’s Hospital and AMPED. Tickets are $25. 💥 (WDRB)
Bare with us here. Derby City was named one of the best cities in the country for naked biking. LawnStarter formulated its ranking based on the density of nudists, state bike laws + the most Google searches for “World Naked Bike Ride” in the past year, among other criteria. 🚲
The Eagle was featured on Yelp’s list of the Top 100 Dog-friendly Restaurants in the US — the only Kentucky establishment to make the list. The Eagle, located at 1314 Bardstown Rd., specializes in fried chicken + Southern sides. We love the housemade biscuits with blackberry jelly and honey butter, Fido will too. 🐕
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The $12 million project will be redeveloped in two phases — the first of which will actualize Trellis Brewing Co. + the second will introduce Ferncliff Distillery.
Here are some quick details on the project:
The distillery will be developed by Beargrass Development + Kyle Jahn is the registered agent on the brewery development.
Ferncliff Distillery was a circa-1870 distillery that operated on the same site at 930 Lampton St. + once reopened, it will be a small, craft distillery.
The Schaefer-Meyer Brewing Co. also operated on this site in 1889 + produced 50,000 barrels of beer each year.
Beargrass Development is seeking $10 million in industrial revenue bonds from the city for the project.
Beargrass Development is working with the Smoketown Neighborhood Association to craft a community benefits agreement — a contract requiring developers to provide certain amenities or mitigations to the community.
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Editor’s pick:Hollywood can be a real zoo, which must be why Ethan Hawke traded it in for the real deal here in Derby City. He’s following in the footsteps of Master P + Katy Perry, who’ve also visited the zoo in recent months.
He’s been in more recent films than this, but my favorite role of his was as Troy Dyer in “Reality Bites” (1994) with Winona Ryder + Ben Stiller — it’s one of my comfort films.
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