Publix Super Markets Charities is committed to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing. In honor of founder George W. Jenkins on what would have been his 108th birthday in 2015, Publix Charities announced a donation of $4 million to more than 80 Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast.

Now, we’re excited to share that you can follow the progress as 40 new homes funded by this donation are built.

Where possible, Publix Super Markets associates participate in building the houses as part of the Publix Serves campaign—an opportunity for Publix associates to gather together to make a difference in their communities. Publix donates groceries to fill the pantries of the new homes that Publix Charities has sponsored.

Publix Charities began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, FL). The foundation has continued its support, donating more than $1.1 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 2014. The $4 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 2015 is more than three times the amount previously given in any year.

“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive.” Fifty years later, his legacy of giving lives on.

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