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LITERACY COUNCIL GULF COAST RECEIVES $10,000 GRANT FROM THE DOLLAR GENERAL LITERACY FOUNDATION TO SUPPORT ADULT LITERACY

Fort Myers, FL – June 23, 2014 – The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded Literacy Council Gulf Coast a $10,000 grant to support adult literacy.

“We are proud to receive the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant award,” shared Susan Acuna, President and CEO of the Council. “We have experienced significant growth over the past five years. This funding will help us continue to serve the growing numbers of individuals looking to improve their lives through education. Research has shown that communities that embrace education and literacy have an upwardly mobile workforce, which improves our economic outlook.”

Dollar General awarded $6 million in grants to 700 schools, nonprofits and literacy organizations across 40 states.

“At Dollar General, we are passionate about our mission of serving others throughout the communities we serve,” said Rick Dreiling, Dollar General’s chairman and CEO. “It’s exciting to see the Dollar General Literacy Foundation’s outreach in action as we partner with organizations to further education and literacy and make a real difference in people’s lives.”

LCGC will use the grant to support to the expansion of Adult Literacy programs and meet the high demand for literacy education in the region. In Lee County alone, close to 82,000 adults cannot read, write, speak or comprehend English at a level that allows them to fully participate in their community. Close to 20% live in homes where English is not the primary language. The Council recruits, trains, and assists volunteers who teach students English literacy. LCGC’s Adult Literacy programs include Adult Basic Education, English as a second language, and GED classes.

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education.

For additional information, please contact Susan Acuna at 239.676.5202 or via email at development@literacygulfcoast.com.

About Literacy Council Gulf Coast (LCGC)
LCGC is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through education and literacy. According to ProLiteracy®, Literacy Council Gulf Coast is the largest nonprofit literacy agency in the United States according to the total number of students served last year. Last year, the Council served over 3,400 unduplicated clients, of which more than 1400 were mothers with their small children. The Council was founded in 1989 and has been offering literacy services in southwest Florida for 25 years. With more than 800 volunteer tutors that mentor students, LCGC helps has a strong history of combatting the transgenerational cycle of poverty. The Council offers services at no charge to students and receives no federal, state, or local government funding. In order to fulfill their mission, the Council relies on the generosity of foundations, individuals, and the United Way.

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 as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for over 20 years. Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $92 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than five million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit www.dgliteracy.org.

About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for 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, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted manufacturers 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.