Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation awards more than $2.8M in grants

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Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation awards more than $2.8M in grants

Dollar General announced that its Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $2.8 million in youth literacy grants to help students and educators.

Each youth literacy grant provides not only financial funding to teachers, libraries and literacy organizations, but also aim to help educators and students reach their literacy goals throughout the academic year, the company said.

“Each fall, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation proudly provides financial support to schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations that help students and teachers as they head back to the classroom,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member, said. “Whether it is providing books and technology or enhancing reading programs, today’s grants will help students reach their full potential through targeted literacy initiatives that impact the communities Dollar General serves.”

The Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to organizations located within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center to help further adult, summer, family, youth literacy and education initiatives.

Over the past 26 years, the foundation has directly impacted more than 11 million individuals’ lives by investing in programs that have helped individuals take their first steps toward learning to read, learning English, or completing their high school equivalency. To date, the Dollar General foundation has awarded more than $172 million in grants, the company said.