LAKELAND, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Since 2009, Publix has donated more than $2 billion in dairy, deli, meat, produce and fresh-baked goods to people in need. The company is now pledging an additional $2 billion in food donations over the next 10 years.
“You can’t always see hunger, but it is all around us,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “As a food retailer, our greatest opportunity to give back is by helping to alleviate food insecurity. That’s why for more than a decade we have worked to ensure millions of pounds of food have reached people in need in the communities we serve.”
Each day, through its food recovery program, Publix associates gather foods that are no longer salable and donate them to more than 100 Feeding America® member food banks and other nonprofit organizations. Publix’s program allows food banks to offer nourishing options to their clients.
“For over a decade, Publix has partnered with Feeding America and member food banks to help provide nourishing food to our neighbors in need. We are grateful for our long-standing partnership and for Publix’s commitment to fighting hunger,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.
According to Feeding America, 9 million Americans in the Southeast don’t have enough food to eat. With hunger affecting every community Publix serves, it is at the center of the company’s charitable efforts. Publix has a nearly 90-year history of supporting the communities in which it operates, beginning with the efforts of its founder, George Jenkins.
To learn more about Publix’s efforts in alleviating food insecurity, visit www.publix.com/hunger or https://blog.publix.com/publix/publix-commitment-to-alleviating-hunger/.
About Publix Super Markets
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 200,000 employees, with 2018 sales of $36.1 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,237 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 22 consecutive years, the company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, and Publix ranked No. 1 on Fortune’s inaugural list of Best Big Companies to Work For in 2019. 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, corporate.publix.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. For more information, visit www.feedingamerica.org.