A $4 Million Difference: Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Funds to Support a Successful 2020-2021 School Year

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:00:00

Nearly 850 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations receive funds to support youth literacy programs

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently announced plans to help make a difference during the upcoming academic year with the award of more than $4 million in literacy grants. With these funds, educators at nearly 850 schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations across the communities that Dollar General (DG: NYSE) calls home will have additional resources to support new and ongoing youth literacy programs. A complete list of the recipients can be found at www.dgliteracy.org.

“This year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member. “Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills. We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.”

In 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation was created to honor the Company’s co-founder, J.L. Turner, who was functionally illiterate and never completed a formal education. During the past 27 years, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $186 million in grants to schools, libraries and organizations to support adult, family, summer and youth literacy. These funds have helped positively impact more than 12 million people by providing funding and resources to help individuals take their first steps toward learning to read, learning English, or completing their high school equivalency.

As part of its ongoing commitment to improve individuals’ lives through literacy and education, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants each year to literacy organizations located within a 15-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Applications for the 2021 Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant cycle will be available at www.dgliteracy.org on January 4, 2021.

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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 $186 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 12.5 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. Each year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides financial support to schools, nonprofit organizations and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores and distribution centers. To learn more about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation or apply for a literacy grant, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for more than 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 16,720 stores in 46 states as of July 31, 2020. 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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Source: Dollar General Corporation