“Rounding up” feeds families in need


By Portia Williams - [email protected]



Portia Williams | Daily Times Portsmouth Kroger store manager, Jay Willson (far left) presented a check in the amount of $12, 717.76 to the Freestore Foodbank employeer, Mary Sehlhorst (holding the envelope). Also featured in the picture are representatives from 15 local churches and organizations volunteers, and Portsmouth Kroger associates.


Rounding up on your order when you visit the Portsmouth Kroger can make a tremendous impact. On Tuesday, Jay Wilson, Kroger store manager, presented a check for $12,717.76 to the Freestore Foodbank as a result of “rounding up” activity.

Wilson said it is the Kroger associates who ask customers to round up their order as they are checking out. Additionally, Kroger also has coin boxes in place for customers to make contributions at their own discretion.

“We raise $12,000 over a six-month period at the beginning of the year, and we do that by our associates asking to round up the order,” Wilson said. “For example, if an order is $14.95, an associate would ask the customer to round up a nickel, so the order would go up to $15, and the five cents would go to the Freestore Foodbank. Also, we have coin boxes at the registers where customers can put in their loose change, dollar bills, and that is how that money came about to be collected.”

Wilson said he greatly appreciates the support from the community and Kroger associates.

“We are just really proud of our community here, and the fact that our staff is able to do this for the community. We are just really happy to be able to present this donation to the Freestore Foodbank today,” Wilson said.

Mary Sehlhorst, of the Freestore Foodbank, came down from Cincinnati to accept the donation given by Kroger.

“We are so appreciative of Kroger, and their generosity because they have 15 partners in Scioto County who will split the pot from this donation,” Sehlhorst said. “This generous donation will go towards providing food that they can give their families in need. The 15 partnerships are composed of volunteers who give their time to help their communities.”

The 15 Scioto County churches and organizations in which the Kroger donation will be divided among consist of the Scioto County Homeless Shelter, The Potter’s House, Mount Zion Apostolic Church Pantry, and Community of Christ, Gods Pantry. Also included are Wheelersburg United Methodist Church, Hopewell House, Manna From Heaven Food Pantry, Our Father’s Bounty Food Pantry, St. Joseph SVDP, Portsmouth Salvation Army, Hands of Grace, Grace Baptist, Christ United Methodist Church, and Steven’s Power Pack of Portsmouth Elementary School.

For more information visit the website: www.freestorefoodbank.org.

Portia Williams | Daily Times Portsmouth Kroger store manager, Jay Willson (far left) presented a check in the amount of $12, 717.76 to the Freestore Foodbank employeer, Mary Sehlhorst (holding the envelope). Also featured in the picture are representatives from 15 local churches and organizations volunteers, and Portsmouth Kroger associates.
http://portsmouth-dailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/web1_IMG_4853.jpgPortia Williams | Daily Times Portsmouth Kroger store manager, Jay Willson (far left) presented a check in the amount of $12, 717.76 to the Freestore Foodbank employeer, Mary Sehlhorst (holding the envelope). Also featured in the picture are representatives from 15 local churches and organizations volunteers, and Portsmouth Kroger associates.

By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929,or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929,or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

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