Florida-based Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. has provided approximately eight million pounds of perishable items—or more than six million nutritious meals—to the affiliate food banks of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Winn-Dixie first piloted its food recovery program in 10 stores beginning in January 2009 and expanded the program to all of its stores in April 2011.
The grocer partners with local Feeding America affiliate food banks in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Louisiana, donating perishable items that reach their ‘sell by’ date but are still usable and nutritious to feed the hungry. Donations of usable food by stores include bread, meats, cheeses, bagged fruits and vegetables, gelatin desserts, and sandwiches. Local Feeding America affiliate food banks visit the stores every few days to pick up the food donations, which are quickly distributed to after-school feeding programs, homeless shelters and food pantries.