Last month, as part of Publix Super Market Charities’ ongoing support of hunger relief efforts and to help communities its area during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix Charities donated $1 million to Feeding America member food banks across the Southeast.
On April 16, Publix announced a second donation of $1 million to Feeding America member food banks to support food pantries and meal programs in the communities surrounding Publix stores.
“As we continue to see an increase in the number of people facing food insecurity during this pandemic, we are grateful to Publix Super Markets Charities for this additional contribution in support of Feeding America member food banks,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “This donation will provide meals and essential supplies to our neighbors and continues to support our ongoing commitment to alleviating hunger in the communities we serve.”
As the pandemic continues, new issues are arising. The closure of restaurants, hotels and schools have left produce farmers and dairies with no where to send their food leaving it to go to waste. Publix stepped in and launched a new initiative to support farmers and families.
Publix began an initiative to purchase produce and milk directly from farmers and donate it to Feeding America® member food banks in our communities. The initiative is expected to run for several weeks; we’ll donate 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk in the first week alone.
“In addition to providing much-needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time,” said Jones. “We’re honored to be able to work with these groups and do good together for our communities.”