Jacksonville, Florida-based Southeastern Grocers Inc. has donated $1,255,000 to Folds of Honor. The grocer held its fifth annual community donation program from May 25 through July 5 in support of the organization and its mission to provide educational scholarships.
The fifth tour of giving launched with an initial commitment of $100,000 from the grocer’s charitable arm, the SEG Gives Foundation, and customers were invited to show their support for U.S. military heroes by donating $1, $5 or rounding up their total grocery bill to the nearest dollar during the six-week campaign.
For the last three weeks of the campaign, the grocer further supported the mission with the addition of Military Mondays. Each Monday, the SEG Gives Foundation matched weekend in-store donations, up to $100,000, for a total commitment of $300,000.
“At Southeastern Grocers, we are committed to our local communities, especially the brave men and women who have answered the call to serve our country,” said Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers.
“We are proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Folds of Honor in support of our American service heroes, and we are grateful for our generous associates, customers and neighbors who donated in honor of those who fought for the freedoms Americans cherish most. We believe it is our responsibility to elevate those they left behind who carry the burden of loss every day – because military families serve, too.”
Everything donated during the campaign will go directly to Folds of Honor to provide more than 250 educational scholarships for spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. Scholarships awarded through Folds of Honor provide private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, along with higher education tuition assistance for children, spouses and dependents.
“Southeastern Grocers and its generous community members continue to have a lasting impact on the lives of our American service families,” said Dan Rooney, CEO and founder of Folds of Honor.
“Through their kindhearted and patriotic support, we are able to ensure that no family is left behind as we continue to provide and expand educational opportunities for our country’s future leaders. Thanks to the support of this campaign, more than 1,350 lives have been changed over the last five years.”
SEG has raised more than $6.75 million for Folds of Honor since 2018, which has allocated more than 1,350 educational scholarships to the children and spouses of U.S. military members impacted by their loved one’s call to duty. Since 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded 35,000 educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.
Southeastern Grocers Inc. 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 five southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.
For more information, visit segrocers.com/community.