Grants provide funding for adult, family and summer literacy programs
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2019--
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $8.3 million to
approximately 1,000 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools
today. These grants will support adult, family and summer programs,
which aim to enhance local literacy and education initiatives throughout
the communities Dollar General (NYSE: DG) serves.
“In keeping with Dollar General’s mission of Serving Others,
we are excited to provide grants to support literacy and education
initiatives in the communities we proudly call home,” said Todd Vasos,
Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board
member. “Each year, funds provided by the Dollar General Literacy
Foundation make a real difference by providing the tools that students,
adults and families need to pursue new opportunities and accomplish
their goals. We believe these programs empower the communities we serve,
and we are honored to play a role in their success.”
Grant recipients plan to use awarded funds to promote literacy and
learning across a variety of programs including promoting childhood
summer reading, helping adults learn to read and prepare for the high
school equivalency exam and helping individuals to learn English.
“Education has the ability to level the playing fields in life,” said
Denine Torr, Dollar General’s senior director of Community Initiatives.
“Through these grants, we are helping expand access to educational
programs and enhancing literacy instruction for adults, families and
youth. We are excited to invest in programs across our hometown
communities that are uplifting and empowering others to have a brighter
In addition to these adult, family and summer program grants received
today, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is currently accepting
applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 16, 2019
until 10 p.m. CT. Youth literacy grants support schools, public
libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new literacy
efforts or expanding existing ones. Funding can be used to purchase new
technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy
A complete list of today’s grant recipients and applications for youth
literacy grants is available online at www.dgliteracy.org.
Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards funds to
nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 20-mile radius
of a Dollar General store or distribution center to support adult,
family, summer and youth literacy programs. Through partnerships with
national literacy organizations like the Barbara Bush Foundation for
Family Literacy, XPRIZE Foundation and the American Libraries
Association, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation supports
organizations that increase access to educational programming, stimulate
and enable innovation in the delivery of educational instruction and
inspire a love of reading.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also offers a student referral
program for individuals interested in learning how to read, speak
English or prepare for the high school equivalency exam. Referrals to a
local organization that provides free literacy services are available
or through referral cards found in the Learn to Read brochures that are
available at the cash register of every Dollar General store.
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About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives
that help others improve their lives through literacy and education.
Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants
to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 10 million individuals
take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or
English proficiency. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy
Foundation, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for
nearly 80 years through its mission of Serving Others.
Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by
offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as
food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel,
housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient
neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 15,472 stores in 44
states as of March 1, 2019. In addition to high-quality private brands,
Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers
such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars,
Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg's, General Mills, and PepsiCo.
Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.
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