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Dollar General Gives $1M to Feed America

Dollar General is donating $1 million to Feeding America to celebrate one year of partnership.

Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks, over 200 of them. As an organization, it’s the United States’ second large charity by revenue, and has a good reputation as a transparent, ethical charity. They receive support from all kinds of partnerships, including with top grocery providers like Amazon, Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, and Target.

In 2021, they partnered with Dollar General. The Tennessee-based company has over 18,000 locations, and is No. 15 in the list of top food retailers in North America. The community they serve overlaps heavily with food banks, and the partnership is a natural one.

In 2021, Dollar General donated over 4.5 million pounds of food to various programs, including Feeding America. The chain also began carrying fresh produce and introduced a variety of own-brand healthier packaged meals.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Feeding America and help advance their mission of ensuring equitable access to nutritious food for all,” said Dollar General CEO Todd Vasos. “Food insecurity impacts people of all ages in communities across the country. We are proud to leverage our unique store footprint to help increase access to a variety of nutritious foods that help provide meals to individuals facing hunger.”

“Tackling the issue of food insecurity is not something we do alone,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America. “We are so grateful for dedicated partners like Dollar General, who are doing the work alongside us and helping to increase access to healthy, nutritious food for everyone. By working together, we’re one step closer to a hunger-free America.”

Earlier this month, Feeding America reported that two-thirds of their member food banks were seeing sharp increases in demand for emergency food assistance, as grocery-store inflation skyrockets ahead of wages.

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