Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company of Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has launched a holiday hunger relief program to provide meals for people in need this holiday season.
Now through Dec. 24, customers can join in the spirit of giving by purchasing a $5 prepared bag of non-perishable food items or by rounding up grocery totals at store registers. Each donation and $5 holiday bag purchased will be distributed directly to member food banks in the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.
Elizabeth Thompson, EVP and chief people officer of SEG, said, “This holiday season, we are both grateful for our many blessings, and reflective of our responsibility to care for our neighbors and friends in need. Southeastern Grocers is honored to continue our long-term partnership with Feeding America to lift community spirits this holiday season and continue the fight against hunger.”
The holiday hunger program builds on Southeastern Grocers’ longstanding partnership with Feeding America. Throughout the partnership, SEG has donated millions of meals to food insecure neighbors in need through the grocer’s continued efforts to alleviate hunger across the Southeast. This year alone, Southeastern Grocers has donated more than 15.4 million lbs. of food to the communities it serves and will donate another 80,000 pounds this month during four mobile food pantry events in the following locations:
- Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 12, in partnership with Montgomery Area Food Bank
- Location: 3481 Main Street, Millbrook, Alabama
- Jacksonville, Florida, on Dec. 13, in partnership with Feeding Northeast Florida
- Location: Paxon Revival Church, 5461 Commonwealth Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida
- Albany, Georgia, on Dec. 16, in partnership with Feeding the Valley
- Location: 607 Mission Court, Albany, Georgia
- Greenville, South Carolina, on Dec. 16, in partnership with Harvest Hope
- Location: 2818 White Horse Road, Greenville, South Carolina
Jenn Kovacs, interim chief development officer at Feeding America, said, “Southeastern Grocers’ dedication to the fight against hunger continues to make a difference in communities across the Southeast. As the holidays approach, we are reminded of the need to help our neighbors who are struggling, which is why we are so grateful for Southeastern Grocers’ holiday hunger program.”
Customers can support the one in eight people in America who struggle with hunger by donating at checkout or by purchasing a $5 prepared bag of non-perishable food. By purchasing the holiday bags, customers can provide shelf-stable SEG products including pasta, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, rice and tomato sauce to neighbors in need. Southeastern Grocers is committed to the fight against hunger and hopes this program will provide the community with a special and convenient opportunity to give a little and make a big difference this holiday season.