July 28, 2015
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Southeastern Grocers President & CEO Ian McLeod, right, presents Steve Nardizzi, CEO of Wounded Warrior Project, left, and Wounded Warrior Sean Karpf, center, with a $3,044,091.38 donation check to the Wounded Warrior Project’s Independence Program.​

Wounded Warrior Project Day on July 4 at BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores was a stunning success as customers, vendors and associates contributed to a total donation of $3,044,091.38 to the Wounded Warrior Project Independence Program.

All profits from sales at all stores on the Fourth of July were donated to the program, which helps wounded servicemen and servicewomen become more independent as they fight to overcome physical as well as invisible wounds such as neurological conditions. Winn-Dixie vendors contributed to the donation as well, while associates and customers added individual donations at store registers and through company websites between July 1 and July 5.

Just one of these significant individual offerings was from part-time cashier Joyce Klager at Winn-Dixie No. 2366 in Vero Beach, Florida. She donated $300 of her own money at her store early in the campaign.

“I saw an opportunity to do some good, and I had it,” she said.

Service Lead Jill Ledford said the donation was impressive and boosted pride at store No. 2366.

“It was a big surprise when I looked at the numbers,” Ledford said. “I couldn’t be more proud to work with her and to have her on my team.”

Associates in BI-LO, Harveys and Winn-Dixie stores throughout the company heard words of support from customers as they donated and talked about the unprecedented commitment to give all profits from the Fourth of July to the Wounded Warrior Project.

“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,” said Ian McLeod, CEO and president of Southeastern Grocers. “This contribution to 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, who shopped with us and made extra contributions to the fund.”

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Cashier Joyce Klager, left, and Service Lead Jill Ledford, right at Winn-Dixie No. 2366 in Vero Beach, Fla.

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