Southeastern Grocers, LLC donates $526,825.66 to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in support of the Independence Program

Grocers’ Wall of Honor campaign aids injured veterans and their families

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2015-11-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to the generous support of their loyal customers and associates, Southeastern Grocers, LLC, the parent company of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores, is giving $526,825.66 to benefit Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) in support of the Independence Program.

Through the two-week Wall of Honor community donation campaign, held Nov. 2-15, customers were encouraged to visit their neighborhood BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie to purchase a $1 Dedication Card and 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, continue to serve and sacrifice for the nation.

“Through the Wall of Honor campaign, our customers and associates continued to demonstrate the pride they feel for our military and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Ian McLeod, chief executive officer and president of Southeastern Grocers. “We want to thank them for their outpouring of support, through generously donating funds and sharing personal dedications to their military heroes, which built impressive Walls of Honor throughout our stores in the Southeast,” continued McLeod. “We’re honored to provide these funds to Wounded Warrior Project’s Independence Program.”

“Our partnership with Southeastern Grocers demonstrates what can be achieved when like-minded charities and corporations join forces,” said Steve Nardizzi, chief executive officer at WWP. “Their continued generosity has provided Wounded Warrior Project with critical resources to make a positive impact in the lives of wounded veterans. That spirit of giving and support was seen once more through the Wall of Honor campaign. We’re extremely grateful to Southeastern Grocers for their tireless efforts to give back to our nation’s injured service members.”

Southeastern Grocers has actively listened to its customers and associates, and it is abundantly clear that they have tremendous respect and appreciation for Wounded Warrior Project. This passion for the cause led Southeastern Grocers to name WWP as an Official Charity Partner for 2016, enabling future initiatives to increase awareness and support for WWP across all BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores throughout the Southeast. The Wall of Honor campaign provided an immediate opportunity to raise funds and much needed attention for Wounded Warrior Project.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest supermarket in the Southeast based on store count. The company employs more than 66,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 756 grocery stores, 145 liquor stores and 504 in-store pharmacies throughout the seven southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

About the Independence Program
The Independence Program (IP) was created in 2011 to help injured service members and veterans design their own path from surviving to thriving. IP is a partnership between WWP, the warrior and their family, which is uniquely structured to adapt to the warrior’s ever-changing needs. IP pairs warriors who rely on their families and caregivers because of moderate-to-severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, or other neurological conditions with a specialized case manager to develop a personalized plan to restore meaningful levels of activity and purpose into their daily lives. In many instances, for the cost of one month in an in-patient institutionalized brain injury rehabilitation program, the WWP Independence Program can provide a year’s worth of community-based support on a weekly basis to an individual wounded veteran.

For SEG interviews or images, contact:
Southeastern Grocers Media Line
904-370-6029
media@segrocers.com

For WWP interviews or images, contact:
Mattison Brooks, Public Relations Specialist
904-451-5590
mbrooks@woundedwarriorproject.org

BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores donate over $3m to support the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program (IP)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., 2015-7-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Through a combination of customer and vendor donations and all profits earned at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores on Saturday, July 4th, Southeastern Grocers announced today that it will donate $3,044,091.38 to support the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) Independence Program (IP), which helps warriors live life fully, on their own terms.

Ian McLeod, CEO and president of Southeastern Grocers, said, “I am deeply moved by the outpouring of support this program received from our associates, customers and even from individuals living outside of the communities we serve. This contribution to help support the Independence Program would not be possible without the generosity of our associates who gave their time to work in our stores on Independence Day and our customers and vendor partners who shopped with us and made extra contributions to the fund.”

Steve Nardizzi, WWP chief executive officer, said, “This alliance with Southeastern Grocers is crucial for Wounded Warrior Project to continue its lifelong mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. The overwhelming success of the Independence Day promotion surpassed every expectation we had, and we are profoundly grateful to Southeastern Grocers and each and every shopper who came out in support of those wounded protecting the freedoms we all hold so dear. The generosity Southeastern Grocers demonstrated exemplifies what can be achieved when like-minded charities and corporations join forces.”

The donation funds were raised through contributions made in BI-LO, Harveys, and Winn-Dixie stores during checkout, as well as on each organization’s dedicated website. Additionally, on Saturday, July 4th, every penny in profit earned at Southeastern Grocers’ nearly 790 stores was donated. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support WWP’s Independence Program, which provides personalized plans that target each warrior’s needs or interests, allowing them to live as independently as possible. These individualized plans are developed at no cost to the Warrior.

About Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

About the Independence Program
The Independence Program pairs a specialized case manager with each injured service member and his or her family to develop a personalized plan that targets the injured service member’s needs or interests. In many instances, for the cost of one month in an in-patient institutionalized brain injury rehabilitation program, the WWP Independence Program can provide a year’s worth of community-based support on a weekly basis to an individual wounded veteran.

About Southeastern Grocers
Southeastern Grocers, LLC, parent company and home of BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, is the fifth-largest conventional supermarket chain in the U.S. and the second-largest conventional supermarket in the southeast based on store count. The company employs nearly 72,000 associates who serve customers in approximately 790 grocery stores, 143 liquor stores and 527 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal associates, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit www.bi-lo.com, www.harveyssupermarkets.com and www.winndixie.com.

For SEG interviews or images, contact:
Julianne Roberts Joanne Fried
904-370-6029
media@segrocers.com

For WWP interviews or images, contact:
Joanne Fried
904-646-6860
jfried@woundedwarriorproject.org

Harris Teeter donates over $759,000 to the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® to support our troops and their families

Company Thanks Customers for Generous Participation

Matthews, N.C., 2015-7-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today that it is donating over $759,000 to the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), two organizations committed to supporting our troops and their families. The donation was made possible thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter shoppers and valued associates during the Company’s point of purchase donation card campaign called Support Our Troops.

Harris Teeter hosted the donation card campaign throughout the month of May, and shoppers were invited to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to Support Our Troops at checkout.  The $759,000 donation announced today brings the amount donated to Support Our Troops since the campaign’s inception in 2012 to over $2.89 million.

The money contributed by Harris Teeter’s shoppers and valued associates will help fund important programs and services for our troops, wounded service members and their families.

It will allow the USO to deliver valuable programs, entertainment and services that make a difference in the lives of service members and their families throughout their journey in the military. Harris Teeter’s contribution helps the USO support the millions of men and women who make up our nation’s military community, through programs, like these:

  • Operation Phone Home®, helps keep service men and women connected to their loved ones during deployments. Through this highly requested program, more than 1.4 million calls were made by deployed troops in 2014.
  • Warrior and Family programs that address critical resiliency and family reintegration support, with focus on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), suicide prevention and stress management.
  • USO Transition 360 Alliance’s Employment Events support active-duty troops, wounded, ill and injured troops, their spouses and caregivers as they transition out of the military and search for new careers. The events focus on resume writing, mock interviews and translating prior military experience into a civilian career.
  • The Special Delivery program provides baby showers for military moms-to-be, who have often not experienced a baby shower and are far away from their support network. More than 1,100 military spouses and expectant active-duty mothers have enjoyed this USO program since it began in August 2013.

Specifically, it will help WWP:

  • Engage more injured service members, their families, and their communities. WWP’s goal is to ensure more than 70,000 warriors and 11,000 family members registered with our Alumni program are receiving access to our 20 free programs and services.
  • Economically empower more injured service members. WWP’s goal is to employ 2,500 warriors through part- or full-time opportunities through the Warriors to Work program.
  • Ensure more warriors pursue life goals without the barriers and stigma associated with mental health. WWP’s goal is to serve 3,018 warriors through outdoor rehabilitative retreats in Project Odyssey.
  • Encourage more warriors to live healthy and active lives through fun, educational activities. WWP’s goal is to serve more than 12,000 warriors, their families, and caregivers through Physical Health & Wellness programs.

Harris Teeter, along with the USO and WWP, thanks its valued customers and associates who participated in the Support Our Troops campaign.

Please click here to learn more about Support Our Troops and watch a message of thanks from our nonprofit partners.

 

About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.

In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, BNSF Railway, Clark Construction Group, LLC, The Coca-Cola Company, JCPenney, Jeep, Johnson & Johnson, Kroger, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, BIC, The Boeing Company, ConAgra Foods, FedEx, GEICO, Harris Teeter, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Procter & Gamble, TKS Telepost Kabel-Service Kaiserslautern GmbH & Co. KG and Wawa Inc. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381).  To join us in this important mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit uso.org.

About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.

Harris Teeter launches its 4th annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign; benefits both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project®

2014 Campaign: Over $1.1 Million Donated Thanks to Generous Shoppers, Associates

MATTHEWS, NC, 2015-5-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tomorrow, May 1, Harris Teeter will launch its fourth annual Support Our Troops donation card campaign. Support Our Troops benefits both the USO and Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), two organizations committed to supporting U.S. troops and their families.

During the month of May, Harris Teeter shoppers and associates will be able to make $1, $3 or $5 donations to Support Our Troops at checkout. The company gives 100 percent of these donations directly to the USO and WWP. In 2014, the campaign raised over $1.1 million total for the two beneficiaries.

For nearly 75 years, the USO has supported America’s troops and their families throughout their journey in the military, from the moment they enlist, throughout their deployments and as they transition back to civilian life. The USO delivers valuable programs, morale-boosting services and engaging entertainment that help them feel appreciated for their service..

“The USO is grateful for partners like Harris Teeter, who help us give back to troops and their families,” said Christy Hartsell USO vice president of Corporate Alliances. “Since May is Military Appreciation Month, it is the perfect time to show our nation’s military that we are thankful for their service, strength and sacrifice.”

WWP is committed to honoring and empowering Wounded Warriors for a lifetime.  By continuously being innovative and understanding the needs of warriors, their caregivers and families, WWP works toward its vision to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of injured service members in our nation’s history.

“Harris Teeter is proud to support both the USO and WWP during our May campaign,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We are thankful for both the involvement of our valued associates and loyal shoppers, as well as the good works of both non-profit partners.”

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