May 16, 2014
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Orlando District Director Jennifer Short, right, gives a donation check to the Children’s Hunger Project.​

BI-LO and Winn-Dixie continue to make a difference in the communities they serve by hosting a series of in-store community donation programs to benefit nonprofit organizations that make a difference in their local neighborhoods.

From Feb. 19-March 25, customers were invited to “Give A Dollar, Make A Difference” at store registers for the selected nonprofit partner of each district, which resulted in $418,000 for 40 nonprofit organizations throughout the Southeast. These organizations included various Muscular Dystrophy Association chapters, the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes chapters, children’s hospitals, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald Houses, and more.

BI-LO stores in Augusta, Ga. area were able to raise more than $40,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Georgia during the five-week program. BI-LO has a long history of working with the organization, but this was the first time that the hospital had been a beneficiary of the community donation program.

“BI-LO has been a great provider to our hospital for many years and we are truly grateful for their continued support,” stated Children’s Hospital of Georgia Director Catherine Stewart. “Over the past few years from BI-LO’s sole dedication to our hospital, we have been able to create a complete infusion area for patients with dialysis, make our neonatal unit family friendly for families to stay with their loved ones at night, and this year we are working on improving our chemotherapy area."

Winn-Dixie stores in the Melbourne, Fla. area raised money for the Children’s Hunger project, and organization devoted to alleviating childhood hunger in Brevard County. Winn-Dixie has a longstanding partnership with the nonprofit provide meals to children in need. Orlando District Director Jennifer Short recently visited the organization to present a $5,910 check, which will provide consistent meals to 40 elementary school children.

BI-LO stores in the West Columbia, S.C. area raised money for the March of Dimes organization as their cause hit home for BI-LO store no. 5580 Director Scott McCaffrey and his family. BI-LO associates chose to raise money for the organization after experiencing firsthand the mission of the March of Dimes when McCaffery’s own son, Ethan, was born 12 weeks prematurely, spending a total of 51 days in NICU.Scott McCaffery along with his wife Jennifer and son Ethan joined the Columbia area BI-LO store directors to present a $2,000 check to the March of Dimes Midlands Division.

The BI-LO Holdings Foundation will host a total of five donation programs throughout the year.

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