by Sophia Greenblatt
Southeastern Grocers, the parent company of the well-known supermarket chain Winn-Dixie, graciously decided to provide front-line workers with free groceries from supermarket chains that it operates. Front-line workers were touched by this act of kindness: videos and pictures show how surprised, grateful, and emotional the recipients were as they went to the register and found out that everything they wanted to purchase was given to them free of charge. The president and CEO of Southeastern Grocers said that the health care workers and first responders “work tirelessly to make our communities safer, and we want to do our part to thank them.” They were motivated by Hollywood celebrity Tyler Perry who had previously paid for the groceries of older and at-risk citizens at many supermarkets, including at the Winn-Dixie chain.
Help During Coronavirus Crisis
Another way Southeastern Grocers made a difference is through their whopping $250,000 donation to Feeding America, a food bank which is currently in dire need of help during this challenging time. The company is also providing 5,000 jobs to help people whose hours have been cut or who have been laid off because of protocols meant to stop the spread of the virus. Additionally, grocery stores have designated shopping hours for front-line workers and a separate designated time for seniors and others at risk.
We applaud everyone who has made this tremendous act of kindness possible. We continue to pray for everyone affected by the virus. We are so grateful to all of the front-line workers who put their lives at risk for the safety and health of the community and also continue to pray for their safety.