Southeastern Grocers to sponsor Pride festivals across Florida

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Southeastern Grocers is advocating for belonging and inclusion, as well as celebrating diverse communities, by sharing a new initiative.

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based retailer, which is parent to the Fresco y Màs, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery store banners, announced that it would be sponsoring four Pride festivals throughout Florida.

Specific festivals the retailer will be participating in include River City Pride in Jacksonville, Miami Beach Pride, Come Out with Pride in Orlando, and Pride on the River in Tampa.

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Through this initiative, the retailer looks to help amplify the voices of the LGBTQ+ community and support organizations in their missions to empower authentic living, educate the broader society and eliminate long-standing barriers, the company said.

“At Southeastern Grocers, we wholeheartedly embrace our diverse associates, customers and communities and commit to cultivating an inclusive environment within our company and in the neighborhoods we serve,” Elizabeth Thompson, chief people officer of Southeastern Grocers, said. “We proudly support our LGBTQ+ family by advocating for positive change to create a more equitable society and empowering everyone to be their true, authentic selves. When we stand together, love wins.”

In addition to sponsoring the Pride festivals listed above, the company shared that it will continue its observation of National Coming Out Day.

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Lastly, as a way to help associates, customers and communities celebrate diversity, Southeastern Grocers has launched several initiatives to provide inspiration and opportunities for community members to break barriers and push for equity, the company said.