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.
Filled with bagged ice, the vehicles will be used for temporary storage. The trailers, being loaded at Kroger distribution centers in Southern California, Colorado, Kentucky, and Tennessee, are scheduled to arrive in Louisiana in the next several days. They 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.
The supermarket chain expects to help raise more than $5 million for Katrina relief. All of the Cincinnati OH-based company's 3,300-plus supermarkets, multi-department stores, and convenience stores are accepting donations for the Red Cross.