Jacksonville, Florida-based Southeastern Grocers has donated $340,000 to aid more than 420 public schools, supporting teachers, staff and students during the school year.
A three-week community donation program was held in all Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores.
The grocer’s customers and employees across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi contributed by rounding up their grocery bills to the nearest dollar at checkout or by purchasing reusable community bags. Every cent donated will support each store’s local school partner to ensure staff and educators have the supplies and resources they need most to set their students up for success during the school year.
“We are profoundly grateful to our generous customers and associates who supported this vital cause through our community donation program, which furthers our commitment to enrich local schools and empower the leaders of tomorrow,” said Raymond Rhee, chief people officer of Southeastern Grocers.
“Our schools serve as the foundations of our communities, and we believe it’s our responsibility to inspire students to become their best selves and uplift dedicated teachers as they guide them through another school year. We are all stronger together.”
Southeastern Grocers is committed to giving back to the many diverse communities it serves. In 2021, the grocer and its foundation presented more than 400 schools with a $352,000 donation to align with the Foundation’s support of causes that work to strengthen and improve the lives of its neighbors.
Additionally, Southeastern Grocers recently awarded $70,000 in college scholarships to 28 employees through its scholarship program to help fund future educational costs.
To help address racial disparities in education, health care and food insecurity, the grocer, together with the foundation, is accepting applications from nonprofits for its Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant program.
Nonprofits supporting underserved populations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi may apply online at seggives.com/grantapp through Sept. 30 to be considered for a grant ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.