According to Feeding America, in 2019, more than 37 million people struggled with hunger in the United States, with 8.6 million of those residing in the Southeast. SEG has provided more than enough meals to feed each Southeastern individual in need not once, but twice, with a donation of more than 19 million meals in 2019.
Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of SEG, said, “We are honored to serve our customers each and every day, and to demonstrate our values by caring passionately for the communities we serve. We are committed to fighting hunger and caring for the millions of individuals struggling with food insecurity, and we know one meal can make a difference. Together, with the kind-hearted support of our customers, associates and partner food banks, we were able to make that difference more than 19 million times this year.”
Throughout the year, Southeastern Grocers and the Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation hosted 34 mobile food pantry events throughout the Southeast, more than double the amount held in 2018. The mobile food pantry events provided people in need with $850,000 worth of shelf-stable products, as well as fresh produce to create well-balanced meals. The grocer activated a number of community donation programs dedicated to supporting families and aiding in hunger relief efforts across its footprint, and the Southeastern Grocers Gives Foundation also donated $200,000 during Hunger Action Month.
Most recently, the grocer hosted a holiday hunger program to provide meals to families during the holidays. Customers throughout Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores purchased $5 prepared bags of non-perishable food items and rounded up their totals at the register Dec. 12-24, which raised $236,049 to directly assist and impact those who need a little help during the holidays.
Jacksonville, Florida-based SEG 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.