Southeastern Grocers launches minority nonprofit grant program

Southeastern Grocers is launching a brand new initiative with its SEG Gives Foundation.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer unveiled its Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program.

Aimed at providing nonprofits that support minority communities with opportunities to receive funding to serve diverse sectors, the program is being offered to organizations throughout its seven state region.

“At Southeastern Grocers, we take pride in cultivating an environment of belonging, inclusion and diversity. As a people first company, we are committed to creating a thriving culture with stores that reflect the local communities we serve,” Elizabeth Thompson, executive vice president and chief people officer at Southeastern Grocers, said. “Embracing and celebrating our differences makes us stronger, and we are honored to stand with our associates, customers and neighbors to support nonprofits that positively impact our communities. We are stronger together.”

Applications, which will be accepted from July 8 to Sept. 8, will range from $5,000 to $25,000, with recipients announced in December.

The namesake for the grant program is 20-year Winn-Dixie associate Romay Davis, who last year celebrated her 100th birthday, the company said.

Davis served in World War II, graduated from New York University and spent 30 years working within the fashion industry. At the age of 80, she rejoined the workforce as a Winn-Dixie associate.

Further information about the Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program can be found on the website.