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Southeastern Grocers donates more than 3.6 million meals to Feeding America

BY DSN STAFF

Southeastern Grocers’ customers and associates joined forces to help combat hunger in their local communities by raising nearly $218,000 through an in-store hunger relief program.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer, who also is the parent company of Bi-Lo, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie, partnered with 25 Feeding America local food banks and provided more than $150,000 in fresh produce and shelf-stable products to food insecure communities, the company said.

“We want to recognize and thank our generous customers and associates for their contributions to this important cause through our Feeding America partner food banks,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said. “We care passionately about the deep impacts of food insecurity in our communities and we were proud to implement the Hunger Relief Program to raise funds in our stores, provide meals through mobile pantries and food donations to serve those who struggle to put food on their tables, especially over the summer. We are committed to being a company that our associates, customers and communities can always count on.”

Southeastern Grocers’ foundation also activated a two-week, company-wide hunger relief program that ran from June 27 to July 10. The program allowed consumers to donate during checkout and associates the opportunity to volunteer with food banks at mobile pantries throughout the Southeast.

“Thank you Southeastern Grocers for engaging the community to fight hunger,” Matt Knott, president of Feeding America, said. “The summer is a key time to support families in need. By utilizing their customers and associates to raise awareness and funds, SEG continues to be a critical partner in the fight to end hunger for their communities.”

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