Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards More Than $778,000 to Reduce Literacy Service Waiting Lists

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (BUSINESS WIRE), December 14, 2010 - The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced today that it has awarded more than $778,000 to 108 nonprofit literacy organizations that have waiting lists. The Waiting List Reduction Grant supports adult literacy programs’ efforts to decrease the number of individuals waiting for literacy services.

“The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to help adult literacy organizations across the country remedy resource shortages and get more students involved in an educational program sooner,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO.

Adult literacy organizations across the country are facing increased demands for service, while struggling with decreases in available resources and funds. The Dollar General Literacy Foundation Waiting List Reduction grant helps literacy programs immediately engage potential students in learning activities.

Since its founding, Dollar General has been committed to supporting literacy and education. The company founded the Dollar General Literacy Foundation in 1993 to improve the functional literacy of adults, families and youth by providing grants to nonprofit organizations dedicated to the advancement of literacy. A list of the Foundation’s 2011 grant programs and grant applications will be available at in January.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 9,200 neighborhood stores in 35 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $50 million in grants to nonprofit organizations. To learn more about Dollar General, visit