More Meals. More Hope.

Published August 2019

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As part of Publix Super Markets Charities’ ongoing support of hunger relief efforts, and in recognition of September being Hunger Action Month™, Publix Charities announced today it will donate $5 million to Feeding America® member food banks, schools, and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast.  “Millions of people in the Southeast — many of them children and seniors — may not know where they will find their next meal. Together, we can help change that,” said Kelly Williams-Puccio, executive director of Publix Super Markets Charities. “We are proud to continue our commitment to feeding communities across the Southeast and offer dignity and nourishment to our neighbors in need.”

The donation will support pantries and meal programs in the communities surrounding Publix stores and brings Publix Charities’ total contribution to hunger relief organizations to more than $22 million over the last 5 years. According to the USDA1, 1 in 8 people across the U.S. struggles with hunger, including more than 9 million people in the Publix operating area. Find more information about Publix Charities’ support for food banks and read one family’s inspiring story here.

1 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “Key Statistics & Graphics.” Economic Research Service. October 17, 2017.

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About the Publix Super Markets Perishable Recovery Program


BRINGING MORE TO THE TABLE

In order to give the gift of nourishment and hope to our communities throughout the Southeast, Publix Super Markets Charities announced in August 2018 a $5 million donation to Feeding America® member food banks.

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The USDA has conducted research indicating that more than 48 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 15 million children. This means hunger is a reality for one in seven people living in the United States. Food banks and agencies in the Feeding America network can use funding from Publix Charities’ donations to ensure that food reaches those in need in our communities. Publix Charities is proud to help these organizations with their incredible work.“The statistics are alarming, especially as it pertains to our children,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “As we prepare for a new school year, many families are left grappling with the reality that they are food insecure. We continue to hear about the need for fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy from Feeding America. Our $5 million donation will help the member food banks and partner agencies with the procurement, collection, transportation and distribution of even more wholesome, perishable foods to children and families. Our foundation is dedicated to giving the gift of nourishment and hope to our communities.” Find more information about Publix Charities’ support for food banks and read one family’s inspiring story here . In a related effort, Publix Super Markets has been recognized as a Visionary Partner of Feeding America for its food donations through its perishable recovery program. To date, Publix has donated more than 220 million pounds of perishable food to the Feeding America network to alleviate hunger in our communities. “As a food retailer, our single biggest opportunity to give back is in reducing hunger,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “By donating much needed wholesome foods, we’re helping our local food banks meet the needs of our neighbors.”

 

Each of the 12 member food banks will receive a $120,000 donation. In total, this funding will assist more than 4,800 agencies served by their programs. Feeding America also will receive a $60,000 contribution to be used toward its mission of feeding those who are hungry. The USDA has conducted research indicating that more than 48 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 15 million children. This means hunger is a reality for one in seven people living in the United States. “The statistics are staggering,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “Hunger affects all walks of life in communities across the country. We continue to hear about the need for fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy from Feeding America member food banks. Our foundation’s $1.5 million donation will help the food banks collect, safely transport, and distribute even more wholesome, perishable foods to our local communities.”

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Publix Super Markets to Provide 12 Trailer-Loads of Food

In related efforts, Publix Super Markets will donate a trailer-load of food to each of the 12 Feeding America member food banks, totaling more than $660,000. Each trailer donation will include 22 pallets of food items that are in high demand by food banks. Since Publix piloted its perishable recovery program in 2007, the company has donated more than 174 million pounds of perishable food to food banks, representing almost 145 million meals. For the more than 36 million pounds of food donated in 2015, Publix has been recognized as an inaugural Visionary Partner of Feeding America. “As a food retailer, our single biggest opportunity to give back is in reducing hunger,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “By donating much needed wholesome foods, we’re helping our local food banks meet the needs of our neighbors.”