Southeastern Grocers Closed 2022 with $6.75 Million Donated to Local Communities
Southeastern Grocers Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores has, through 2022, donated $6.75 million to support organizations that share its passion for serving neighbors in need.
To support its communities throughout the year, SEG, together with the SEG Gives Foundation, donated more than $700,000 and 14 million pounds of food to help alleviate hunger, as well as $2.55 million to support crucial emergency assistance, disaster preparedness and relief programs both locally and in support of the citizens of Ukraine. The grocer also donated more than $1.25 million to Folds of Honor, providing more than 250 educational scholarships to the children and spouses of fallen and disabled military service members; provided 30 nonprofits with funds totaling $300,000 through the grocer’s Romay Davis Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Grant Program; and donated an additional nearly $2 million in support of various military, health and local community initiatives.
Raymond Rhee, Chief People Officer for Southeastern Grocers, said, “As we reflect on this past year, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for our incredible associates and customers in the many, unique Southeastern communities we serve. It’s been an exceptional year of growth and development, and I am humbled yet again to have witnessed the immense resiliency of our people and our communities. As we look forward to 2023, we look forward to serving, supporting and elevating our communities together; forward to witnessing the wonderful ways our people will collaborate once again; and forward to continuing along our path of growth in our commitment to provide value and convenience to our customers.”
With customers’ time and budget as its focal point, SEG continued its commitment to offer deeper discounts on regularly purchased items to help customers stretch their wallets while shopping in stores, and now online with the introduction of the grocer’s new delivery service in more than 375 Winn-Dixie and Harveys Supermarket locations. SEG’s online shopping platform offers customers the same promotions, savings and prices found in stores with the convenience of delivery in as little as two hours.
SEG continued to focus on its transformational journey in 2022 by renewing and growing its fleet of stores and has completed renewals for more than 80 percent of its existing stores. This past year, the grocer unveiled 51 remodeled stores and introduced 17 brand-new liquor stores and two brand-new Winn-Dixie locations in its home state of Florida. In March, SEG opened its Winn-Dixie store in Florida’s newest city, Westlake, located in Western Palm Beach County, and earlier this month, unveiled its first ground-up Winn-Dixie store built in more than a decade to the rapidly growing Grand Cypress neighborhood in St. Johns County.
In 2022, SEG and its charitable arm, the SEG Gives Foundation, expanded its giving focus to support more causes committed to elevating belonging, inclusion, and diversity, allowing the grocer to make a larger impact within its communities while empowering authenticity, educating the broader society and eliminating long-standing barriers. The grocer and its foundation also reacted quickly to support the local community when Hurricane Ian hit Southwest Florida by dispatching mobile pharmacies, opening its Pine Island Winn-Dixie store to the local community for free groceries and providing recovery essentials to more than 2,000 impacted families. Throughout the year, SEG also supported the USO, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, local schools, children’s hospitals and many more. SEG’s commitment to its people and communities was recognized this year by Store Brands, naming SEG its Retailer of the Year and presenting the grocer with an Impact Award for community service and local impact.