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Southeastern Grocers celebrates season of giving

To celebrate the season of giving, Southeastern Grocers Inc., parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has launched a holiday hunger relief program to help fight hunger and provide meals for people in need this holiday season.

SEG-holiday-bags Now through Dec. 24, customers can join in the spirit of giving by purchasing a $5 prepared bag of non-perishable food items or by rounding up grocery totals at store registers to spread holiday cheer to local families in need. Each donation and $5 holiday bag purchased will be distributed directly to member food banks in the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Elizabeth Thompson, executive vice president and chief people officer of Southeastern Grocers, said, “This holiday season, we are both grateful for our many blessings, and reflective of our responsibility to care for our neighbors and friends in need. Southeastern Grocers is honored to continue our long-term partnership with Feeding America to lift community spirits this holiday season and continue the fight against hunger.”

The holiday hunger program builds on Southeastern Grocers’ longstanding partnership with Feeding America. Throughout the partnership, Southeastern Grocers has donated millions of meals to food insecure neighbors in need through the grocer’s continued efforts to alleviate hunger across the Southeast. This year alone, Southeastern Grocers has donated more than 15.4 million pounds of food to the communities it serves and will donate another 80,000 pounds this month during four upcoming mobile food pantry events.

Jenn Kovacs, interim chief development officer at Feeding America, said, “Southeastern Grocers’ dedication to the fight against hunger continues to make a difference in communities across the Southeast. As the holidays approach, we are reminded of the need to help our neighbors who are struggling, which is why we are so grateful for Southeastern Grocers’ holiday hunger program.”

Customers can support the one-in-eight people in America who struggle with hunger by donating at checkout or by purchasing a $5 prepared bag of non-perishable food. By purchasing the holiday bags for just $5, customers can provide shelf-stable SE Grocers products including pasta, canned vegetables, macaroni and cheese, canned tuna, rice and tomato sauce to neighbors in need. Southeastern Grocers is committed to the fight against hunger and hopes this program will provide the community with a special and convenient opportunity to give a little and make a big difference this holiday season.