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Southeastern Grocers, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, has announced the donation of nearly 258,000 $5 hunger relief bags to Feeding America. These meals will help give food to individuals in the Southeast facing hunger due to the pandemic. $1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America on behalf of the local member food bank.
“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 in a Southeastern Grocers press release. “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.”
These donations have been made through customer and associate contributions received through the store’s in-store hunger relief program that occurred between May 5 and May 15. Customers were able to purchase a $5 hunger relief bag that contains non-perishable food items like spaghetti, canned green beans, canned corn, and boxes of macaroni and cheese.
“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, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America, said in the same news release. “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.”
The brand has a long relationship with Feeding America, and the donation of the around 258,000 $5 hunger relief bags hasn’t been the only donation to the organization this year. In March, the SEG Gives Foundation donated $250,000 to Feeding America to help its network of food banks provide support to people that were facing hunger due to the pandemic.
PepsiCo has also announced it is helping with donations as well. The brand has donated $25,000, and alongside more customer donations, it has allowed 5,000 hunger relief bags to be donated to Feeding America.
Rich Panner, Vice President of PepsiCo Beverages North America, South Division, said as well in the press release, “We are honored to support Southeastern Grocers on this campaign to help alleviate hunger in the communities we serve.”
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