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Posted December 12, 2012

GREENVILLE, S.C. (Dec. 12, 2012) – Today BI-LO donated $121,000 for disaster relief efforts to help assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The funds were distributed to the American Red Cross to provide emergency assistance to families in the Northeast. The storm left millions in the mid-Atlantic and New England without power, food and other necessities and may result in $50 billion in economic losses.

“Hurricane Sandy has been a catastrophe that continues to affect so many families, and our hearts go out to each of the victims of this devastating storm,” said Michael Byars, president of BI-LO. “People in our marketplace have such big hearts when disaster strikes and BI-LO wants to make sure we join their generosity with this commitment to help those impacted by the storm.”

To raise the needed funds, BI-LO stores across the Upstate hosted a scan program that began on Nov. 2. Customers were invited to add $1to their grocery bill in support of the hurricane relief efforts. One hundred percent of the money donated has gone directly to the American Red Cross, and customers’ grocery receipts are eligible for tax deduction records.

“The needs are still great along the Eastern seaboard due to Superstorm Sandy. This generous donation will potentially impact the lives of thousands of people as the relief operation transitions to caring for long-term needs. Our area has been able to send over 100 volunteers to help in this response thanks to BI-LO and their customers.  We are honored that BI-LO Charities continues to partner with the American Red Cross in times of disaster and in support of our local programs and services," added Ann Wright, regional CEO of the American Red Cross Western Carolinas Region.
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About BI-LO
BI-LO is a subsidiary of BI-LO Holding, which is the ninth-largest traditional supermarket chain in the United States. Under the banner names of BI-LO and Winn-Dixie, the company employs 63,000 team members who serve customers in 687 grocery stores and 493 in-store pharmacies throughout the eight southeastern states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. BI-LO and Winn-Dixie are well-known and well-respected regional brands with deep heritages, strong neighborhood ties, proud histories of giving back, talented and loyal team members, and strong commitments to providing the best possible quality and value to customers. For more information, please visit and

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at  



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