On May 21, 2024, Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia announced that it has filed an exempt solicitation statement with Securities and Exchange Commission, recommending the shareholders of The Kroger Co to vote for a proposal regarding commission and disclose a report on the external public health costs created by the sale of tobacco products by the Company and the manner in which such costs affect the vast majority of its shareholders who rely on overall market returns, at the 2024 annual meeting of shareholders.