JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Southeastern Grocers Inc. said Tuesday that it is offering support to communities on the Gulf Coast that were devastated by Hurricane Ida. The retailer’s efforts have included holding a mobile food pantry to provide food assistance, partnering with local organizations and raising funds, donating a total of $566,420 to help with recovery efforts.
“The devastating impact of Hurricane Ida has left a lasting imprint on the lives of many of our associates, customers and neighbors,” Southeastern Grocers president and CEO Anthony Hucker said. “It is truly heartbreaking to watch the communities we care about struggle to move forward from overwhelming destruction. As we strive to pick up the pieces together, Southeastern Grocers is dedicated to supporting the Gulf Coast with the necessary resources to rebuild, recover and remain resilient. We have weathered many storms, and as with others, we are confident that we will once again emerge stronger together.”
SEG distributed more than 184,656 water bottles and 6,000 bags of ice within days of the storm to provide residents with safe drinking water. The grocer also partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank to quickly distribute more than $54,000 in food, diapers and cleaning supplies to residents in need. Additionally, SEG set-up a Mobile Pharmacy in the parking lot of its Gramercy Winn-Dixie store to help existing Winn-Dixie Pharmacy customers gain access to prescription refills and offer prescription transfers for new customers and over-the-counter medications.
SEG and Winn-Dixie associates partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank on September 18 to host a mobile pantry providing recovery relief and supplemental support by offering shelf staple food items, water, ice and cleaning supplies to 1,000 individuals and families in the River Parishes, one of the most devastated areas impacted in Southeast Louisiana. The grocer also donated $25,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank in recognition of Hunger Action Month and to help support the drastic increase in food insecurity escalated by COVID-19 and the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.
Since its devastating landfall on August 29, Hurricane Ida has left mass destruction throughout communities in Southeast Louisiana, leaving many individuals and families without a place to call home. To help the community rebuild, SEG, in partnership with the SEG Gives Foundation, and its generous customers, is donating more than $176,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to support Hurricane Ida recovery efforts. SEG has a longstanding partnership with the American Red Cross and has aided the organization in countless disaster relief missions. In June, SEG and the SEG Gives Foundation, donated $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in anticipation of an active Hurricane season.
Additionally, to provide immediate assistance to associates impacted by Hurricane Ida, the grocer has set-up a GoFundMe fundraiser through its SEG Cares foundation, an internal nonprofit platform that allows associates to help fellow associates in times of need. In the first week, more than $100,000 was donated in support of associates by associates and generous vendor partners. Currently, the grocer has raised more than $186,000 for associates, the heart and soul of the company, and SEG will match the donations with an additional $100,000 contribution. The GoFundMe fundraiser will continue through the end of September, when funds will be distributed to help the more than 175 associates who have been severely impacted, many of whom have lost everything.
SEG has a strong history in the Gulf Coast and is dedicated to supporting the associates, customers and the community in its greatest times of need. The grocer will continue to partner with organizations like American Red Cross and Feeding America affiliate food banks that are also passionate about providing essential support to neighbors in need.