Shoppers at more than 120 Kroger and other grocery stores across Kentucky donated $541,151 in supplies and funds during the 8th annual Shop & Share, a one-day volunteer goods drive organized by First Lady Glenna Bevin.
In Kentucky, one-third of women report abuse in their lifetime, and many of those women turn to shelters to escape the violence and rebuild their lives.
"It was such an honor for Matt and me to participate in this year's Shop & Share event," said Mrs. Bevin. "Thank you to all the volunteers and those who donated items. It is because of you that Kentucky's 15 domestic abuse shelters have their supply closets stocked."
On Shop & Share day, volunteers at each Kroger, Food City, and Super Dollar stores provided a list of items needed at KCADV shelters- such as non-perishable foods, school supplies, hygiene products, and cleaning supplies. Monetary donations were also accepted.
To date, Shop & Share has raised close to $4 million in combined goods and monetary donations for KCADV's member programs.
Organizational partners for 2016 Shop & Share include the First Lady's Office, KCADV, Kroger, Food City, Super Dollar stores, IGA, the General Federation of Women's Clubs, the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, the Girl Scouts of Wilderness Road Council, and the Kentucky Drug Court.
The 2017 Shop & Share event will be held on November 4th.