Southeastern Grocers raises more than $1M in support of local food banks
Southeastern Grocers will be donating nearly 258,000 of its $5 hunger relief bags to Feeding America through its SEG Gives Foundation.
The donation, which was made possible through customer and associate donations, raised more than $1.28 million worth such non-perishable food items as spaghetti, canned green beans, canned corn and macaroni and cheese.
“We are grateful for the giving hearts of our customers and associates who recognize the needs in our communities and are able to make an impact in meaningful ways,” Anthony Hucker, president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said. “With this donation, we are providing support to our local food pantries, nourishment to individuals in need and providing hope to our neighbors during these difficult times. As a community, we are stronger together.”
In addition, a contribution of $25,000 from Pepsi totaled to a contribution of 5,000 hunger relief bags that will be given to Feeding America food banks.
“The Feeding America network of food banks serves children, families and seniors who are facing hunger every day, but right now the need is at an all-time high,” Lauren Biedron, VP of corporate partnerships at Feeding America, said. “We are so very thankful for the donation from Southeastern Grocers and its customers. With this donation we will have the opportunity to help provide more food to our neighbors across the U.S.”
Each of the contactless hunger relief bags will be fulfilled directly from the Southeastern Grocers warehouse and delivered to local food banks throughout the communities where the donations were made to directly to benefit neighbors in need, the company said.
“We are honored to support Southeastern Grocers on this campaign to help alleviate hunger in the communities we serve,” Rich Panner, VP of PepsiCo Beverages North America, South Division, said.