Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, has announced a donation of $340,000 to aid more than 420 public schools throughout the Southeast and support teachers, staff and students during the school year.
The three-week community donation program was held in all Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores.
The grocer’s customers and associates across Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi contributed to this cause by rounding up their grocery bills to the nearest dollar at checkout or by purchasing reusable Community Bags sold in stores. Doations 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.”
In 2021, the grocer and SEG Gives 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 associates through its SEG Scholarship Program to help fund their future education and cover the cost of courses, books and more for the upcoming semester.
To help address racial disparities in education, health care and food insecurity, the grocer, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, is currently accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant program. Organizations supporting underserved populations throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi may apply online at www.seggives.com/grantapp through Sept. 30 to be considered for a Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity grant ranging from $5,000 to $25,000.