Over and Over again, Bulloch County citizens are overwhelmed by the generosity of BILO in Statesboro.  Last night was no exception.  Every first responder who shopped during the special hours set aside for them last night received their entire grocery purchase free.  This was made possible thanks to a commitment made by Southeastern Grocers, Inc. the parent company of BILO.

Local store Manager Tod Marsh has become a local hero in the way he has led his team and worked tirelessly to keep his customers and employees as safe as possible.  He continues to use every medium possible to let customers know about inventory in the store and steps they are taking to insure everyone’s safety.  They led the way in social distancing, putting teams in place to clean the store’s touch points continuously, placed shields to protect the employees and customers and helped the employees who wanted them obtain masks.

What is more impressive at the Statesboro BILO, in these uncertain times, is how the entire staff makes you feel like family and go out of their way to help you in any way possible.  You can tell they take extreme pride in doing the work that is not only essential, but critical for our community.

Southeastern Grocers Company wide Gift

Southeastern Grocers, Inc. (SEG), parent company and home of BILO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores, rewarded thousands of customers with free groceries during Monday night’s health care professionals and first responders shopping hour.  This includes Bi-Lo in Statesboro.

The community heroes shopping in all BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie stores throughout seven states in the Southeast were surprised with a $0 grocery total at the register.  Anthony Hucker, President and CEO of Southeastern Grocers, said, “Southeastern Grocers is dedicated to being there for the community when they need us the most, and we believe there is no better time than now to show acts of kindness. Our heroic health care professionals and first responders are on the front
line every day as they work tirelessly to make our communities safer, and we want to do our part to thank them. We were inspired to pay it forward and hope to inspire others so we can continue to lift spirits during this difficult time. As a community, we are stronger together and will win together with kindness.”

Inspired by Tyler Perry

Southeastern Grocers was moved by the recent generosity of well-known filmmaker and actor, Tyler Perry. Perry partnered with Winn-Dixie on Wednesday, April 8 during the senior and high-risk shopping hour to purchase groceries for customers at all 29 Louisiana stores. The actor spoke out about the importance of positivity during this time and how even small acts of kindness can spread hope and unite communities.  In addition to Southeastern Grocers giving back to health care professionals and first responders, the SEG
Gives Foundation donated $250,000 to Feeding America® in March to help its network of food banks provide much-needed support to those currently facing food insecurity throughout all communities in the Southeast. The grocer is also offering more than 5,000 positions to individuals who have been affected by restricted working hours or job loss as a result of mandated store and restaurant closures due to COVID-19.

Extended Shopping Hours fro Heroes

All BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie grocery stores will continue to extend shopping hours on Mondays and Tuesdays to provide a special shopping hour from 8–9 p.m. dedicated to health care professionals and first responders. Additionally, seniors and high-risk customers are invited to shop the first hour of operations, Monday through Friday, as a continued safety precaution. The grocer asks all customers to remain respectful of this time given to the elderly and other high-risk community members to allow them the comfort of purchasing necessary products in a safe environment.

Elevated Safety Standards

Southeastern Grocers has elevated safety standards to help alleviate community concerns. These standards include modified hours to allow for a deeper, more comprehensive cleaning process as well as the installation of Plexiglas partitions at all store registers, customer service desks, pharmacies and liquor store counters. Customers are asked to maintain a two-cart-length distance throughout the store and at checkout by utilizing floor markers set to encourage social distancing. Customers are also asked to continue
using touch-free payment options at all BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie registers.

For updates on how stores continue to respond to COVID-19, please visit www.bi-lo.com/community/covid19response, www.frescoymas.com/covid19response, www.harveyssupermarkets.com/community/covid19response and www.winndixie.com/community/covid19response.

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Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...