Kroger will soon offer free lunch to employees and students from schools that have enrolled at least one child with a disability, according to a post on the company’s website.
Kroger will provide the free food to employees, teachers, administrators, and students at participating schools with an enrollment of more than 20 students or employees.
It also will offer a free lunch at participating retail stores in participating cities, including Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Washington D.C., and Baltimore, as well as participating restaurants and bars.
The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement from Kroger in December that it would offer a $5 discount on food and beverage purchases to eligible employees and employees and their dependents for the first time.
That offer is limited to certain categories, including groceries, beverages, groceries, and certain food and beverages with a gluten-free ingredient.
KFC, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks have also joined the initiative, with KFC offering free lunch in partnership with KFZ, Starbucks offering free lunches to eligible Starbucks Rewards members and customers, and Pizza Hut offering free pizza to eligible customers.KFC and Starbucks are not the first major fast food chain to offer these programs, which are part of the company, to employees with disabilities.
Kmart and McDonald’s have also announced similar programs, as have some of the nation’s largest chains including Wendy’s and Wendy’s Fresh, Pizza Express, Taco Bell, and Burger King.