Southeastern Grocers grant to support equity in local communities

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Southeastern Grocers is looking to support local nonprofits by addressing racial disparities in health care, food insecurity and education.

To do just that, the retailer is opening up applications for its 2021 Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant program.

Until Sept. 30, organizations that support underserved populations throughout the company’s five-state footprint can apply for a grant that is set to range from $5,000 to $25,000.

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“At Southeastern Grocers, we embrace diversity by advocating for social justice and positive change, and we wholeheartedly commit to a culture that fosters a sense of inclusion and empowerment,” Elizabeth Thompson, chief people officer for Southeastern Grocers, said. “As a people-first company, we proudly stand with our neighbors by offering meaningful solutions that provide sustainable opportunities to enrich the lives of underserved and underrepresented individuals and organizations.”

Through this program, the retailer is looking to reaffirm its commitment to racial equity and social justice by offering nonprofits the opportunity to receive financial support to help level the playing field of all backgrounds, the Jacksonville, Fla.-based company said.

“The MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation was truly honored to be named a 2020 recipient of the Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity grant to help sustain our efforts in expanding possibilities for young students of color,” Terri Florio, executive director of the MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, said. “We are deeply appreciative for the generous funding received from the SEG Gives Foundation to support our foundation in addressing racial disparities in education by providing after-school programs, summer youth development enrichment and enhanced academic support.”