August 31, 2015
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South Florida Winn-Dixie store directors with PEPgives back-to-school supply boxes that they helped to pack for underserved students in the region.​

Several South Florida Winn-Dixie store directors joined Pepsi’s charitable branch, PEPgives, to show support for education in their communities by helping pack back-to-school boxes for underserved South Florida students. The region team joined various businesses and vendors to fill PEPgives boxes with a variety of school supplies—as well as snacks for each student to enjoy.

PEPgives was created to provide Pepsi associates a way to give back to the community by participating in back-to-school initiatives, food drives, neighborhood cleanups and more. Because of the close ties Winn-Dixie stores have to the communities they serve, the organization contacted the South Florida Region to help them make sure that students in need have the tools and nutrition to start the school year off on the right foot.

Winn-Dixie store directors attending the PEPgives supply packing event for South Florida students included store No. 246 Store Director Renel Petit, store No. 203 Store Director Melissa Lawrence, store No. 262 Maykel Mardo, store No. 306 Store Director Rieniel Contreras, store No. 378 Geovanis Llorenta, store No. 237 Store Director Norman Torres, store No. 214 Store Director Guy Vincent, store No. 286 Store Director Edgar Bustillo, store No. 318 Store Director Jose Llanes and store No. 370 Store Director Jairo Villacicencio.

“We are proud to work with our vendor partners to give back to the community by helping put a smile on thousands of students’ faces on the first day of school,” said Gueorgui Lago, Winn-Dixie South Florida Region district director. “These store directors went above and beyond the call of duty by donating their time to represent Winn-Dixie during this worthy and noble effort.

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Store directors lined up at each station to prepare thousands of PEPgives boxes with back-to-school essentials.

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