Jacksonville, Florida-based Southeastern Grocers is reflecting on a year of community impact, growth and service as the year comes to a close. In 2022, the grocer donated $6.75 million to support nonprofit organizations.
To support its communities throughout the year, SEG donated more than $700,000 and 14 million pounds of food to help alleviate hunger, as well as $2.55 million to support crucial emergency assistance, disaster preparedness and relief programs locally and in support of the citizens of Ukraine.
The grocer also donated more than $1.25 million to Folds of Honor, providing more than 250 educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled military service members; provided 30 nonprofits with funds totaling $300,000 through the grocer’s Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program; and donated an additional nearly $2 million in support of various military, health and local community initiatives.
“As we reflect on this past year, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for our incredible employees and customers in the many, unique Southeastern communities we serve,” said Raymond Rhee, chief people officer for Southeastern Grocers.
“It’s been an exceptional year of growth and development, and I am humbled yet again to have witnessed the immense resiliency of our people and our communities. As we look forward to 2023, we look forward to serving, supporting and elevating our communities together; forward to witnessing the wonderful ways our people will collaborate once again; and forward to continuing along our path of growth in our commitment to provide value and convenience to our customers.”
Southeastern Grocers also introduced its new delivery service in more than 375 Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket locations. Its online shopping platform offers customers the same promotions, savings and prices found in stores with delivery in as little as two hours.
This past year, Southeastern Grocers unveiled 51 remodeled stores and introduced 17 liquor stores and two Winn-Dixie locations in Florida. In March, it opened a Winn-Dixie store in Westlake, Florida, and unveiled its first ground-up Winn-Dixie store built in more than a decade to the Grand Cypress neighborhood in St. Johns County, Florida.
The grocer and its foundation supported its local community when Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida by dispatching mobile pharmacies, opening its Pine Island Winn-Dixie store to the local community for free groceries and providing recovery essentials to more than 2,000 families. Throughout the year, it also supported the USO, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, local schools and children’s hospitals.
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