Southeastern Grocers awards Romay Davis grant to minority-serving organizations


After announcing the launch of its Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity grant program, Southeastern Grocers, in partnership with its SEG Foundation, is announcing the winners.

“This year has brought overwhelming challenges for many of our associates, customers and community members. At Southeastern Grocers, we’ve kept a positive outlook because of hardworking organizations like the ones supported by the Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant,” Elizabeth Thompson, executive vice president and chief people officer for Southeastern Grocers, said. “Today, as we celebrate Ms. Romay’s special story on her 101st birthday, we also look ahead to the future of these incredible organizations that share our commitment in making our communities stronger.”

Created to address social inequality in America and support deserving organizations that assist in leveling the field for communities that face racial disparities across such categories as education, health care and food insecurity, the nine nonprofits that will receive grant funds that total $100,000 include:

  • The American Heart Association Fresh Pantry Schools in Metairie, La.;
  • The Grace Medical Home in Orlando, Fl.;
  • The Guardian Catholic Schools in Jacksonville, Fl.;
  • The Historic Eastside Community Development in Jacksonville, Fl.;
  • The Louisiana Center for Health Equity in Baton Rouge, La.;
  • The MaliVali Washington Youth Foundation in Jacksonville, Fl.;
  • The Sanctuary of Northeast Florida in Jacksonville, Fl.;
  • The Teach for America in Jacksonville, Fl.; and
  • The Society of St. Andrew in Orlando, Fl.

“One of the greatest things that could ever happen to you is to have people respect you, love you, do for you and help you. I could hardly believe it when I heard a grant would be named after me. To be here makes me feel very surprised and grateful. I am proud of the company for doing something this meaningful,” Romay Davis, 101-year-old Winn-Dixie associate and grant namesake, said. 

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