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Posted: April 18, 2014 8:50 a.m.

Kroger helps give back

Store donates portion of shoppers’ spending to nonprofits

The next time you buy your groceries part of the proceeds could go to your favorite nonprofit.

Local nonprofits continue to join Kroger’s Community Rewards program, which allows shoppers to register their Kroger Plus Card online and allocate a portion of their grocery bills to any nonprofit that’s signed up to participate.

Nonprofits can earn a maximum of $24,000 apiece annually through the program, which Kroger kicked off Sept. 1 2013 to aid school and community organizations.

Any nonprofit can apply through KrogerCommunityRewards.com, and people can also sign up through the website to begin directing part of their grocery bills to a nonprofit of their choice.

There are 20 Newton County nonprofits participating in the program and one in Social Circle, as well as several in Conyers and other surrounding cities. Newton Trails reached out to its members last week urging them to sign up.

All three Covington Krogers participate in the program, as do Krogers in Conyers, McDonough and Loganville.

Kroger will donate up to a total of $750,000 each year to participating organizations, the majority of which are in Georgia and surrounding states. From January through March of this year, Kroger customers in the Atlanta division, including Georgia, South Carolina and Eastern Alabama, donated $187,000 to 1,426 schools and nonprofit organizations through the program.

Here is a list of nonprofits that serve Newton County:
- Arts Association in Newton County, 1106 Washington St., Covington
- Abiding Grace Lutheran Church, 5500 Ga. Highway 212, Covington
- Angels Fastpitch Softball Association, 325 Branchwood Drive, Covington
- A Child’s Voice Child Advocacy Center, 216 Brookstone Place, Social Circle
- Charmettes – Atlanta Metro Chapter, 20 Oak Forest Drive, Oxford
- Damascus Road Recovery, 10920 U.S. Highway 278, Covington
- Eastside High School, 10245 Eagle Drive, Covington
- First Baptist Church of Covington, 1139 Usher St., Covington
- Georgia Wildlife Federation, 11600 Hazelbrand Road, Covington
- Last Day Outreach Family Life Enrichment Center, 10278 Dinah Pace Road, Covington
- New Hope Community Church, 9164 Washington St., Covington
- Newton County Library System, 7116 Floyd St. NE, Covington
- Newton County Ministers Union for the Community Food Pantry, 1169 Clark St. SW, Covington
- Newton County Senior Services, 6183 Turner Lake Road, Covington
- Newton Mentoring, 7200 U.S. Highway 278, Suite 204
- Newton Trails, P.O. Box 2010, Covington
- Oak Hill Elementary School 6243 Ga. Highway 212
- Point of Grace Christian School, 10255 Industrial Blvd., Covington
- Project Renewal, 1432 Starcrest Drive, Conyers
- Rockdale Special Olympics, 310 Cambridge Way, Covington
- The Pride of Eastside, 10245 Eagle Drive, Covington
- Woodlee's Christian Academy, 3915 Ga. Highway 162

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