JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The summer is half over and local food banks are preparing now for the needs of hungry children during the upcoming school year. With one out of five children in America not knowing when he or she will eat their next meal, BI-LO Stores, LLC., has launched the Summer Hunger Relief Backpack Program in all of its stores to combat childhood hunger. From now through August 13, BI-LO encourages customers to donate at any store register to help provide meals for healthy minds and bodies to thrive in the classroom. Every dollar donated will go directly to local food banks in the communities that BI-LO serves to help fill backpacks with nutritious, fresh foods and to ensure that children have healthy foundations for the school weeks ahead.
“BI-LO recognizes the important role that we and our loyal customers can play in making better, stronger communities for everyone,” said Melissa Adams, BI-LO Winn-Dixie’s manager of charitable giving. “Every child deserves a nutritious meal and a healthy start to life. The BI-LO Summer Hunger Relief Backpack Program provides a simple but critical way for our communities to tackle this critical issue. ”
The 10 food banks benefitting from the BI-LO Summer Hunger Relief Backpack program include:
|-- America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc.||Savannah, Ga.|
|-- Atlanta Community Food Bank||Atlanta, Ga.|
|-- Chattanooga Area Food Bank||Chattanooga, Tenn.|
|-- Food Bank of Northeast Georgia||Athens, Ga.|
|-- Golden Harvest Food Bank||Augusta, Ga.|
|-- Harvest Hope Food Bank||Columbia, S.C.|
|-- Lowcountry Food Bank||Charleston, S.C.|
|-- MANNA Food Bank||Asheville, N.C.|
|-- Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina||Charlotte, N.C.|
|-- Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
BI-LO has a rich history of supporting its neighborhoods and communities through foundation, company and vendor supported charitable donations and programs. The Summer Hunger Relief Backpack Program is designed to enhance that giving by building stronger, healthier communities. The company’s associates don’t just work in the stores, they and their families live in these communities and together, are passionate about making them great places to live every day. BI-LO encourages customers to address the needs in their communities by making donations at store registers as they do their grocery shopping. All donations will go directly to local food banks in the communities that they serve. Give a dollar. Help fill a backpack.
BI-LO is a subsidiary of Bi-Lo Holdings, which is the ninth-largest traditional supermarket chain in the United States. Under the banner names of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie, the company employs 60,000 team members who serve customers in 686 grocery stores and 482 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal team members, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com and www.winn-dixie.com.