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Southeastern Grocers sets goal to provide 20 million meals to Feeding America in 2018

Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company and home of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has announced a goal to donate 20 million meals to the communities it serves in 2018. To date, the grocer has donated nearly 17 million meals to Feeding America through continued efforts to fight hunger throughout the Southeast.2852636 Vertical HO Logo-web

This holiday season, Southeastern Grocers and the SEG Gives Foundation is launching a company-wide Holiday Hunger Relief Program with dedicated partner, Feeding America. The grocer will raise funds for two weeks in all BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores. Now through Dec. 15, customers are encouraged to help eliminate food insecurity and support families in need during the holidays by simply donating to the cause at checkout as they shop their neighborhood store.

“As a grocer, feeding the community is more than our job — it’s our passion,” said Anthony Hucker, president and chief executive officer of Southeastern Grocers. “As a dedicated Feeding America community partner, we are pledging to provide more than 20 million meals this year to aid in the ongoing fight against hunger. We are committed to being the store that all our neighbors and associates can count on to help create memories around their holiday table this season."

“The holidays are an especially important time to support families in need,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “Our friends at Southeastern Grocers engage their community in the mission to end hunger throughout the year with increased action this season. Feeding America is grateful for their campaign asking customers and associates to donate funds and food, ensuring warm meals for communities in need this December and beyond.” In addition to the in-store donation program, SEG will donate nearly 200,000 pounds of shelf-stable SE Grocers products and fresh produce to help provide holiday meals to the one in eight local community members who will struggle with hunger this holiday

Customers can further join in the spirit of giving from Dec. 12-25 by purchasing a $5 prepared bag of non-perishable food items to be donated to local Feeding America food banks when they check out of any BI-LO, Harveys Supermarket or Winn-Dixie store.

The SEG Gives Foundation continues to support their official partnership with Feeding America through various initiatives that foster strong relationships between its stores and local food banks. This includes volunteer efforts throughout its footprint and continued contributions of more than 200 million pounds of food that BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores have donated through their Food Rescue program since 2005.