Company Contrast: Winn-Dixie {Issues: Life & Basic Freedoms}

Company Contrast: Winn-Dixie {Issues: Life & Basic Freedoms}

Each week 2ndVote takes a look at popular companies that either score well or score poorly and then try to provide alternatives that either better align with the 2ndVote values or should be avoided to the best of your ability. This series is called The Company Contrast, and the company we will be focusing on this week is Winn Dixie (3.33).

While millions of Americans are preparing for the holiday season, our team is still hard at work to ensure you are aware of which businesses and organizations support conservative, pro-life values. Thanksgiving Day is only one week away. While you are making a grocery shopping list for those last minute items, we encourage you to consider not only what to buy but where to buy this year.  According to a recent article, the average amount of money being spent for Thanksgiving dinner this year is $391.60 per household. Out of all these grocery costs, how much of that money will be used by companies to support liberal ideologies? Let’s take a look.

Currently, Winn Dixie is the highest scoring grocery store in our database. Winn Dixie received a 3.33 overall score, with perfect scores in the Life and Basic Freedoms issues. Winn Dixie received this score because of their support for Catholic Charities, a pro-life organization that supports the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

On the other hand, some grocery stores did not score so well. Kroger (1.70) received a 1.00 score in the Life issue. Even though Kroger also donated to Catholic Charities, they scored poorly because of their donations to pro-abortion organizations such as the YWCA, Susan G. Komen, American Red Cross, and certain chapters of the United Way. Whole Foods (2.00) received a 1.00 score in the Basic Freedoms issue for their opposition of religious liberty protections while in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign. Supervalu (2.33) received low scores in both the Life and Basic Freedoms issues because of their support for the ACLU and the NAACP. 

Even if we are able to visit a higher scoring grocery store, our decision of which brands to support is just as important. While preparing to make desserts for Thanksgiving, many people will use ingredients from Betty Crocker (1.50) for their favorite pie recipe. Some might even have a scoop of Ben & Jerry’s (1.00) ice cream on the side to make the pie à la mode. Unfortunately, both Betty Crocker and Ben & Jerry’s did not score well. Betty Crocker supports organizations that contribute to pro-abortion causes while Ben & Jerry’s contribute to Planned Parenthood directly through their matching gift program. 

In conclusion, while you are shopping for your Thanksgiving feast this year, keep in mind that every dollar you spend can make a difference. Before making a last minute trip to the grocery store, take a look at our scoring center to see more brands that are worthy and not worthy of support. The research we have may surprise you but also encourage you to further promote pro-life, conservative values simply through your spending habits.

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Corrie Christiaansen, Associate Researcher