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Southeastern Grocers raises over $280,000 for Hope For The Warriors

Southeastern Grocers, parent company of BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, with the Southeastern Grocers Foundation, was able to raise $282,900 during its donation program Nov. 2-15. To date, the company has been able to donate more than $2.3 million in 2016 to benefit Hope For The Warriors, an organization that provides service members, veterans and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources.

“We want to recognize and say ‘thank you’ to our service members, veterans and their families for all they have sacrificed, and continue to sacrifice for this nation," Ian McLeod, president and chief executive officer of Southeastern Grocers, said in a press release. "Through each of the fundraisers this year, we are honored to have now donated a total of over $2.3 million to Hope For The Warriors with the help of our supportive customers and associates and know every dollar makes a difference.

“Our stores operate in a region with some of the highest military veteran populations in our country, so we are proud to join our associates, customers and communities in contributing to the health and wellbeing of those service members who have protected this nation’s freedoms," he said.

During the two-week Veterans Wall of Honor community donation program, customers were encouraged to show their support for veterans of the armed forces with the purchase of a $1 Dedication Card where they could write a special message to their own military hero. These personal dedications built elaborate Wall of Honor displays at each store as visual tributes to those who served and continue to serve and sacrifice for the nation.

“As we continue to celebrate our 10th anniversary, it’s humbling to look back at the incredible work Southeastern Grocers, its dedicated employees, vendors, and loyal customers have done to help further our mission," Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors, said in a press release. "The continued support through these Veterans Day campaigns will make a lasting impact to those in need. Hope For The Warriors looks forward to utilizing these funds to empower veterans, service members, military families and families of the fallen in our communities.”