Jacksonville, Florida-based Southeastern Grocers, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has announced the extension of its community donation program to benefit the American Red Cross and plans for additional relief activations in areas impacted by Hurricane Ian.
The grocer is assessing storm damage throughout all Florida Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores to determine when affected locations can safely reopen.
“Hurricane Ian has left a wide path of destruction throughout Florida, and our heartfelt thoughts are with all of our associates, customers and communities recovering from the shocking devastation,” said Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of SEG.
“I want to express my profound appreciation for our associates for their support before, during and after this historic storm. Utilizing our decades of disaster relief experience, we continue to put people at the center of our decisions to shape every step of our recovery efforts – however long they may take. Hurricane Ian has left a legacy of disaster, but we are a resilient community, and our customers can count on us to help them recover.”
Every dollar donated through SEG’s community donation program will help support Red Cross Disaster Relief, which provides aid to those affected by disasters across the country, including food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance. The grocer also donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross earlier this year in preparation for this hurricane season, and more than $815,000 to aid and support disaster relief efforts in 2021.
Emergency truckloads of products and vaccines have been allocated to open stores and pharmacies throughout Florida daily. SEG and its charitable arm, the SEG Gives Foundation, are mobilizing resources to provide needed water and ice donations to Southwest Florida. Additionally, the grocer plans to activate mobile pharmacies to offer preventive vaccines and needed medications, along with food pantries to provide shelf-stable products, fresh produce, water, ice and cleaning supplies in impacted areas where stores remain closed.
SEG began its Hurricane Ian fundraiser to benefit SEG Cares with $200,000 donated to aid employees impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Customers are encouraged to visit winndixie.com/weather-update, frescoymas.com/weather-update and harveyssupermarkets.com/weather-update for updates on store openings and information on alternative store locations while store assessments are being made.