JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, launches a giving campaign in partnership with Feeding America® in all stores to help people facing food insecurity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now through May 15, customers can help neighbors in need by purchasing a $5 hunger relief donation bag of non-perishable food items at all store registers. The donation program will benefit local food bank partners throughout the Southeast that have seen a significant increase in need with nearly 60 percent of Feeding America network food banks facing reduced inventory levels amidst rising demand1.
Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said, “We are committed to fighting hunger and providing food to the communities we serve. At Southeastern Grocers, we believe this responsibility expands outside our doors and into the homes of our neighbors in need. This is why we have created a simple way we can all help replenish food pantry shelves and provide nourishment to those in need. As a community, we are stronger together and will overcome these difficult times by showing kindness to our neighbors.”
Customers can provide shelf-stable SE Grocers products including spaghetti, canned green beans, canned corn and boxes of macaroni & cheese to neighbors in need with the purchase of each hunger relief bag for just $5. All hunger relief bags will be fulfilled directly from the Southeastern Grocers warehouse and delivered to local food banks to create a contactless donation for customers and associates.
Lauren Biedron, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America, said, “Our charitable food system in the United States is continually facing surges in demand, declines in food donations and volunteers, and disruptions to normal operating procedures, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Never has our network of food banks faced such a tremendous challenge, and we need all the resources we can get to help our neighbors during this unparalleled time.”
This campaign builds on Southeastern Grocers’ longstanding partnership with Feeding America and the communities it serves. In March, the SEG Gives Foundation donated $250,000 to Feeding America to help its network of food banks urgently provide much-needed support to people currently facing hunger. Throughout the partnership, Southeastern Grocers has donated millions of meals2 to food insecure neighbors in need as part of the grocer’s continued efforts to alleviate hunger across the Southeast.
To kick-off the program, Pepsi® has generously pledged to donate $25,000 to the campaign to donate a total of 5,000 hunger relief bags to Feeding America member food banks. Customers who wish to donate a $5 hunger relief bag can do so by visiting any local BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket or Winn-Dixie grocery store.
About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is one of the largest conventional supermarket companies in the U.S. SEG grocery stores, liquor stores and in-store pharmacies serve communities throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and caring associates and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, visit www.bi-lo.com, www.frescoymas.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.
About SEG Gives Foundation
SEG Gives Foundation is the charitable arm of Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores. SEG Gives Foundation aligns our giving with the causes that are important to the communities we serve, including the fight against hunger and relief to those affected by extreme weather and natural disasters.
About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
1 Feeding America Network Faces Soaring Demand, Plummeting Supply Due to COVID-19 Crisis
2 $1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks