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Dollar General’s Literacy Foundation awards more than $5M in grants

BY Gina Acosta

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. — Dollar General is making a difference in the lives of its customers and their communities with another massive donation to literacy programs.
 
The retailer’s Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $5.8 million in grants to support adult, family and summer literacy programs to approximately 720 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations across the 43 states Dollar General serves.
 
“It is exciting to see the impact grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation make throughout the country, especially as we cross the $100 million threshold in overall donations and the difference it has made to nearly six million people,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “The Dollar General Literacy Foundation truly embodies the company’s mission of Serving Othersthroughout the communities we serve.”
 
Recipients of the grants will use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to support programs aimed at enhancing summer, family and adult literacy programs. Grants will be used to help promote childhood summer reading or help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam or learn English.
 
A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at DGLiteracy.org.
 
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $100 million in donations and grants to nearly 6 million people improve since the foundation’s inception in 1993.
 
 
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DAILY DIVERSION: Show us your ‘Damme’ moves

BY DSN STAFF

"Jean-Claude loves dancing inside his Ice Bar so much that he just can’t stop," Coors Light UK notes of the company's new viral commercial "Do The Damme," on its Youtube page. "In fact he’s been dancing continuously for 3 weeks now, and has created a number of his own ice-cold dance moves in a routine he calls ‘Do The Damme."
 
Can you do 'The Damme?' DSN has mastered move No. 11, "The Slippery Salmon." What's your favorite move? Comment below, or email reder@lf.com.
 

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New SVP merchandising and marketing at Weis Markets

BY Michael Johnsen

SUNBURY, Pa. – Weis Markets earlier this week announced Richard Gunn has joined the company as SVP merchandising and marketing. In this position, he will oversee the company’s fresh and center store merchandising, sales and procurement, marketing and advertising.
 
Gunn reports to Weis Markets’ COO Kurt Schertle.
 
Gunn has more than 30 years of food retail experience. Prior to joining Weis Markets, he was EVP merchandising and marketing at K-VA-T Food Stores, a food retailer operating stores in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee. Earlier in his career, he worked in various store and regional positions before moving into marketing and merchandising positions where he held increasingly senior positions.
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