I’ve been with Kroger for more than 17 years. When I first came to Cincinnati in 2011, I had been with our QFC Division in Seattle for 10 years. Sitting at a department meeting, I was introduced to the person who previously held my position. I remember thinking,

“Man, are they hiring?”

I thought the job was awesome and had my eyes on it ever since. November will mark two years in this role.
 
I get to wear two hats each day: managing Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue program and working with our Asset Protection team. On one side, I help enable our store teams to expand our food donations and eliminate waste from landfills. On the other side, I work with our asset protection team to reduce loss of inventory (we call it “shrink”) in our stores – in areas like our fresh departments. What’s cool about my role is that I search for alternative ways to convert some of our product “loss” into something that feeds and nourishes our communities. I work with our stores to take safe, nutritious, unsold food, and donate it to folks who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. And if we can’t donate it, we recycle it—all part of our social impact plan to achieve Zero Hunger | Zero Waste.
 
I partner with retail divisions across our Family of Stores, various community food banks, and on occasion, get to meet some of the people we help. It’s an honor, and I love my job. At the end of the day, I hope to be known for helping and inspiring others to be more successful in themselves.
 
My name is Georgann Parker and I am Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Rescue Manager.
 
You can read more about our company’s plan to end hunger in our communities and eliminate waste in our company by 2025 at thekrogerco.com & KrogerStories.com.