Southeastern Grocers announces local school partner donations

With the end of summer looming and the start of the school year just around the corner, Southeastern Grocers is looking to do its part to help students inside and outside of the classroom.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer announced that it would be showing its appreciation for educators returning to work in person and virtually by donating more than $272,000 in gift cards to local school partners throughout the Southeast to help teachers, staff and students prepare for the school year ahead.

In addition, the retailer’s Bi-Lo, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery store will decorate an entrance path with chalk as a way to pay tribute and honor their commitment to educating and protecting the youth, the company said.

“At Southeastern Grocers, we have a rich history of supporting educational facilities, teachers and students. It is our privilege as community members to expand educational opportunities for our young neighbors and future leaders,” Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said. “As a grocer, we remain dedicated to ensuring our teachers are supported and our students have access to nutritious meals inside and outside of the classroom to fuel young hearts and minds.”

Lastly, the retailer announced that it has pledged more than $100,000 to Feeding America’s network of partner food banks throughout the Southeast to help combat the rise of childhood hunger during the summer and into the school year.