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Serving Others Through Literacy

September 01, 2016
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded $4.5 million in youth literacy grants to approximately 1,000 organizations across the 43 states that Dollar General serves. The grants are aimed at supporting teachers, schools and organizations with resources to strengthen and enhance literacy instruction at the beginning of the academic school year.
 
“By awarding these grants, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation is committed to making a meaningful impact in our local communities,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s chief executive officer. “These grants provide funds to support youth literacy initiatives and educational programs throughout the communities we serve to ensure a successful academic year for students.”
 
A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at www.dgliteracy.org.
 
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $127 million in grants to nonprofit organizations since its inception in 1993, helping nearly 7.9 million individuals continue their education. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awards grants 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. 
 
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation also supports customers interested in learning how to read, speak English or prepare for the high school equivalency test.  At the cash register of every Dollar General store, customers may pick up a brochure with a postage-paid reply card that can be mailed in for a referral to a local organization that offers free literacy services.
 
Grant applications for the 2017 grant cycle to benefit adult, family, summer and youth literacy programs will be available on January 2, 2017.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. 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, clothing for the family, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operates 13,320 stores in 43 states as of February 3, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.

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