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RALPHS/FOOD 4 LESS CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT CHOC
June 23, 2009

Supermarket partners Ralphs and Food 4 Less are pleased to announce that they are raising funds to support children’s hospitals in Southern California, including CHOC Children’s.
Customers and team members can support CHOC and other local children’s hospitals through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Ralphs and Food 4 Less Funds, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Ralphs and Food 4 Less supermarkets. The children’s hospital fund-raising campaign will run from June 16 through August 31, 2009.
 

Southern California children’s hospitals that will benefit from the fund-raising drive include:
• Miller Children’s Hospital (Long Beach)
• CHOC Children’s
• Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
• Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital
• Mattel Children’s Hospital (UCLA)
• Rady Children’s Hospital (San Diego)

“Ralphs and Food 4 Less believe strongly in giving back to the communities our stores serve,” said Mike Donnelly, Ralphs president. “We’re pleased to extend our commitment to community service to our local children’s hospitals. We cannot think of a better way to invest in our communities than by giving families and children hope through our support of the outstanding work these hospitals are doing to provide world-class medical care for children.”
 

Since 2005, Ralphs and Food 4 Less, its team members and customers have given more than $900,000 to children’s hospitals in Southern California.
 

“Our ability to support the great work being done by our Southern California children’s hospitals is a direct result of the dedication of our team members and the generosity of our customers,” said Dave Hirz, president of Food 4 Less. “Even during this time of economic uncertainty, Food 4 Less and Ralphs are proud to be able to continue to help children and families have a healthy future.”
 

Last year, Ralphs and Food 4 Less provided more than $8 million in cash and in-kind donations to organizations focused on health, education, the fight against hunger, developing our youth, and the environment.
 

Ralphs and Food 4 Less currently operate more than 400 supermarkets from their headquarters in Los Angeles. Ralphs and Food 4 Less are divisions of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs and Food 4 Less, please visit our web sites at www.ralphs.com and www.food4less.com
 

About CHOC Children's: Named one of the best children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report (2014-2015) and a 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospital, CHOC Children's is exclusively committed to the health and well-being of children through clinical expertise, advocacy, outreach and research that brings advanced treatment to pediatric patients. Affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, CHOC’s regional health care network includes two state-of-the-art hospitals in Orange and Mission Viejo, several primary and specialty care clinics, a pediatric residency program, and four centers of excellence - The CHOC Children’s Heart, Neuroscience, Orthopaedic and Hyundai Cancer Institutes.

CHOC earned the Gold Level CAPE Award from the California Council of Excellence, the only children’s hospital in California to ever earn this distinction, and was awarded Magnet designation, the highest honor bestowed to hospitals for nursing excellence.  Recognized for extraordinary commitment to high-quality critical care standards, CHOC’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is the first in the United States to earn the Pediatric Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence.

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Media Contact:
Denise Almazan, Director of Public Relations
phone: (714) 509-8680
email: pr@chocchildrens.org

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