Goodlettsville, Tennessee-based Dollar General has announced an additional $1 million donation to Feeding America to commemorate its one-year partnership anniversary.
In addition to continued product donations to Feeding America from Dollar General stores across the country, the donation will support community food banks and help provide access to food resources.
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Feeding America and help advance their mission of ensuring equitable access to nutritious food for all,” said Todd Vasos, CEO of Dollar General.
“Food insecurity impacts people of all ages in communities across the country. We are proud to leverage our unique store footprint to help increase access to a variety of nutritious foods that help provide meals to individuals facing hunger.”
At full operational capacity, Dollar General seeks to provide up to 20 million meals each year. During fiscal 2021, Dollar General helped deliver on its commitment to fight food insecurity by providing more than 4.5 million pounds of food.
The company’s partnership with Feeding America aims to help alleviate hunger while nearly doubling the number of stores in which Feeding America services.
“Tackling the issue of food insecurity is not something we do alone,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “We are so grateful for dedicated partners like Dollar General, who are doing the work alongside us and helping to increase access to healthy, nutritious food for everyone.”
In 2021, Dollar General announced plans to offer fresh produce in more than 10,000 of its stores in the coming years, with a meaningful number of stores located in food deserts.
The company is on track to offer fresh produce in 3,000 stores by the end of fiscal year 2022, providing the top 20 items typically sold in grocery stores and approximately 80 percent of produce categories carried by most grocers.
Dollar General also has partnered with a registered nutritionist to create DG Better For You meals, which provide healthier recipes with all items sourced from DG stores.
The company’s commitment to providing healthier options also includes the evaluation of all foods available at DG and at-shelf labeling of healthy options, as well as the creation of the Good & Smart private brand.