The Kroger Co. and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) are teaming up to donate and deliver 20 refrigerated trailers to American Red Cross kitchens in Louisiana to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
The trucks are filled with bagged ice and will be used for temporary storage. The trucks, which are being loaded by associates at Kroger distribution centers in southern California, Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee, are scheduled to arrive in Louisiana over the next several days. The trailers will remain in Louisiana for at least six weeks.
The IBT is providing transportation, while Kroger is picking up the cost for the trailers and ice.
"As the hurricane relief and recovery efforts continue, we are proud to partner with the Teamsters to answer the Red Cross' need for refrigerated storage equipment and supplies," said Kevin Dougherty, Kroger group vice president of logistics.
Added Jim Hoffa, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters: "We are pleased to be able to work with The Kroger Co. and to form a joint effort to assist with the hurricane relief effort and special needs of the Red Cross."
Kroger expects to help raise more than $5 million for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. All of the Company's 3,300+ supermarkets, multi-department stores and convenience stores are accepting donations for the Red Cross.