Dollar General Donates $1M to Feeding America on Third-Year Anniversary of Partnership
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Dollar General Donates $1M to Feeding America on Third-Year Anniversary of Partnership

Dollar General (NYSE: DG) has donated $1 million to Feeding America®, celebrating three years of their ongoing partnership. This donation brings the total amount given by Dollar General to Feeding America to over $3 million, along with in-kind food donations that have provided more than 13.4 million meals since the formal partnership began in 2021.

“Millions of U.S. households grapple with food insecurity. Thanks to our extensive supply chain and store network, we can make a significant difference through our partnership with Feeding America to address hunger in our local communities,” remarked Denine Torr, Dollar General’s vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy. “We’ve donated millions in funding and products to the Feeding America network of food banks since 2021. We applaud their efforts to combat hunger and nourish our communities, and we’re proud to continue our support.”

Dollar General announced its partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, in 2021. When fully operational, Dollar General aims to provide up to 20 million meals annually, aiding to reduce hunger in its local communities and almost doubling the number of stores serviced by Feeding America.

Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot expressed gratitude for Dollar General’s critical role in the battle against hunger, acknowledging the joint effort to ensure people nationwide have access to nutritious food.

The partnership’s positive impacts have been felt across many communities. In Atlanta, Georgia, Dollar General piloted its Feeding America collaboration in 2021, with stores and a nearby DG Fresh distribution center sending weekly shipments of food items to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This successful pilot led to expansion into other communities, providing over 3.7 million meals in FY 2021.

In Cynthiana, Kentucky, Dollar General, in association with PEOPLE magazine, recognized four ‘Hunger Heroes’ for their extraordinary contributions to food access in their communities. Among these was Jackie Collins, who collaborates with Feeding America partner God’s Pantry and helps supply approximately 2,000 pounds of food each week to support around 1,300 neighbors each month.

Dollar General remains committed to offering fresh produce in over 10,000 stores shortly, with many stores located in USDA-recognized food deserts. As of May 5, 2023, nearly 3,900 stores offered fresh fruits and vegetables. The company aims to have produce in 5,000 stores by January 2024, expecting to give Dollar General more individual points of produce distribution than any other U.S. mass retailer or grocer.

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