Winn-Dixie donates over $50K to Feeding Northeast Florida

By Garrett Pelican - Digital executive producer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The parent company of Winn-Dixie is donating more than $50,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida as part of its year-long campaign to fight hunger.

It's all part of the Five Cent Bread Donation Program, a partnership between Southeastern Grocers and Feeding America that will see them donate $800,000 to food banks nationwide.

Customers helped the grocery chain raise that money by simply purchasing a loaf of store brand bread. For every loaf bought, the chain donated five cents to the program.

The total includes a contribution of more than $50,000 to help feed the hungry across Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties.

Anthony Hucker, CEO of Southeastern Grocers, applauded customers' generosity and said the season of giving made for the perfect time to announce the results of the charity campaign.

"Every cent raised will benefit Feeding America food banks in the communities Southeastern Groceries serves," Hucker said in part.

The grocery chain has provided Feeding America food banks with nearly 176 million pounds of food and over 145 million meals to those in need since 2005.

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