Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $1.5 Million to Feeding America Publix Super Markets to Provide 12 Trailer-Loads of Food

LAKELAND, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today it would donate
$1.5 million to Feeding America®, the nation’s leading domestic
hunger-relief charity, and 12 member food banks across Publix’s
operating area. The donation will provide funding to assist in the
transportation needs of the food banks.

This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting
the basic needs of the communities it serves. Food banks are in need of
refrigerated trucks to transport perishable items that are donated by
food retailers. To help meet this need, the following 12 member food
banks will each receive a $120,000 donation to acquire refrigerated


  • Bay Area Food Bank


  • Feeding Tampa Bay
  • Feeding Northeast Florida
  • Feeding South Florida
  • Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
  • Treasure Coast Food Bank


  • Atlanta Community Food Bank

North Carolina

  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

South Carolina

  • Harvest Hope Food Bank
  • Lowcountry Food Bank


  • Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

The funding received by the 12 Feeding America member food banks will
assist more than 4,800 agencies served by their programs.

According to the USDA, more than 48 million Americans live in food
insecure households, this includes 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.”

Feeding America also will receive a $60,000 contribution to be used
toward its mission of feeding those who are hungry. Each $1 donated to
Feeding America provides 11 meals. PSMC’s contribution will provide an
additional 660,000 meals to individuals and families in need.

“Feeding America is thankful to Publix Super Markets Charities for its
commitment to solving hunger in local communities,” said Nancy Curby,
vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “This
partnership helps to ensure that member food banks are equipped to
transport more of the most needed food items to families who struggle
with hunger.”

Publix Partners with Feeding America

In related efforts, Publix Super Markets will donate a trailer-load of
food to each of the 12 Feeding America food bank members, totaling more
than $660,000. Each trailer donation will include 22 pallets of food
items that are in high demand by food banks. Items include:

  • Plumrose 1 lb. Hams
  • Publix Concord Grape Jelly
  • Publix Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Publix Cut Green Beans
  • Publix Fruit Cocktail
  • Publix Long Grain Rice
  • Publix Pasta Sauce
  • Publix Premium 100% Apple Juice
  • Publix Strawberry Fruit & Grain Bar
  • Publix Toasted Oats Cereal
  • Publix Whole Grain Spaghetti
  • Sunkist Chunk Light Tuna in Water

Publix’s Perishable Recovery Program

In 2007, Publix piloted an in-store perishable recovery program to
benefit the Feeding America network of food banks. Fresh departments
across the store including deli, meat, produce and dairy gathered
perishable, wholesome foods that were safe for consumption, but
unsalable to donate to food bank members. In 2009, the pilot expanded
and a companywide rollout occurred in 2010. To date, the company has
donated more than 174 million pounds of perishable food to food banks
representing almost 145 million meals.

“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. “Our perishable recovery program is just one
example of our associates’ commitment to make our communities a better
place. By donating much needed wholesome foods, we’re helping our local
food banks meet the needs of our neighbors.”

Due to Publix’s perishable recovery efforts, Feeding America has named
the company a 2015 Visionary Partner. Publix is being recognized for the
more than 36 million pounds of food donated this year.

Involving the Community

Publix associates and customers have long helped in alleviating hunger
within the communities in which they live and work by supporting the
company’s Food For Sharing program. At checkout, customers can select
one of three food recipes and add the purchase to their bill. Donated
food items are then delivered to local food banks. This year’s in-store
campaign will run Nov. 5 – 25. An additional opportunity to help
nonprofit organizations whose focus is on hunger relief and
self-sufficiency occurs in December during the company’s Food For All®
campaign. Customers can donate $1, $3 or $5 and the donation is added to
their bill. The monies are distributed to local nonprofit agencies,
including the Feeding America network of food banks. Due to the
generosity of its customers, the Publix campaign raised more than $3.3
million last year.

“One in seven Americans struggles with food insecurity, and this
hardship can have a lasting impact on their lives, from education to
health to employment,” said Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H.
Putnam. “Publix Super Markets Charities’ generous contribution will not
only help provide nutritious food to families in need, but has the
potential to improve the lives of thousands of Americans.”

About Publix Super Markets Charities

George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known
as “Mr. George” believed in giving. From the day he opened his first
Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken
care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision
that it would continue giving long after he was gone. Under the
leadership of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Mr. George’s daughter, Publix Super
Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which
Publix operates. To learn more, visit

About Publix Super Markets

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 176,500 employees, with
2014 sales of $30.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,107 stores in
Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work
For in America” for 18 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s
dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among
the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the
company’s website, ###


Maria Brous, 863-680-5339