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Helping others in our communities is what we do best. In these challenging times, we’re stepping it up to help our local businesses survive, and to help our local charities do more good.

Publix reaches milestone in its initiative to support farmers and families.

LAKELAND, Fla., May 6, 2020 — Publix’s initiative to support farmers and families reached a milestone as the company announced buying more than 1 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and more than 100,000 gallons of milk in its first two weeks to donate to Feeding America member food banks.

“We’re proud of the success this initiative has had in supporting farmers and families affected by the pandemic,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “As a food retailer, feeding families is our greatest opportunity to give back, and we are grateful to be able to do so while supporting produce and dairy farmers. During such challenging times, we are even more committed to supporting those in need and doing good, together.”

Launched on April 22, the initiative aims to help farmers and families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic by purchasing fruits, vegetables and milk from Florida produce farmers and southeastern dairies. Publix donates this food directly to Feeding America member food banks, serving 283 counties, throughout the company’s seven-state operating area.

Feeding America estimates an additional 17 million people will experience food insecurity due to the pandemic, many of whom are turning to Feeding America member food banks to put food on their tables. At the same time, farmers are feeling the effects of an unexpected decrease in demand, and some are being forced to discard produce and milk due to the closures of schools, restaurants and other establishments.

Read our full release to learn more about this initiative.

Publix launches new initiative to support farmers and families.

Supporting our farmers. Feeding those in need.

LAKELAND, Fla., April 22, 2020 — Restaurant, hotel, and school closings have affected Florida’s produce farmers and southeastern dairies, resulting in good food going to waste. At the same time, Feeding America estimates 17.1 million people will experience food insecurity due to school closures and rising unemployment in the coming months.

For Publix, the solution was simple: Bring together farmers, food banks, and families in need. So we did.

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 Publix CEO Todd Jones. “We’re honored to be able to work with these groups and do good together for our communities.”

Read our full release to learn more about this initiative.

Publix Super Markets Charities donates another $1 million to Feeding America member food banks.

LAKELAND, Fla., April 16, 2020 — Publix Super Markets Charities announced today a second $1 million donation to Feeding America member food banks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Today’s donation provides support to food pantries and meal programs in the communities surrounding Publix stores and brings Publix Charities’ total contribution in support of hunger relief efforts during the pandemic to $2 million.

“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.”

The $1 million donation will be distributed to Feeding America member food banks throughout our seven-state operating area.

Publix offers rent relief in Publix-owned shopping centers.

LAKELAND, Fla., March 27, 2020 — Publix is offering rent relief to businesses operating in Publix-owned shopping centers that have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The relief package includes waiving rent for two months, as well as waiving payments for common area maintenance fees and taxes, regardless of the tenant’s access to other relief or assistance.

“As a company that started as a small business 90 years ago, Publix wants to help businesses renting from us survive the economic impact of these unexpected closures,” said Publix Director of Communications Maria Brous.

Publix Super Markets Charities donates $1 million to Feeding America member food banks.

Provides meals and assistance to help with effects of the coronavirus

LAKELAND, Fla., March 24, 2020 — As part of Publix Super Markets Charities’ ongoing support of hunger relief efforts and to help communities in our area during the coronavirus pandemic, Publix Charities announced today it will donate $1 million to Feeding America member food banks across the Southeast.

“I want to thank Publix Super Markets Charities for this generous donation,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “During these unprecedented times that have affected nearly every aspect of our day-to-day lives, many people may not know where their next meal is coming from. This donation will provide assistance to those impacted and help continue the work that Publix, Publix Charities and Feeding America do every day to alleviate hunger in the communities we serve.”

“Feeding America is thankful to Publix Super Markets Charities for its generous support of member food banks across the Southeast during this time of increased need,” said Feeding America Vice President of Corporate Partnerships Lauren Biedron. “This generous donation will help food banks provide food and other essential supplies to people hardest hit by this pandemic.”

The $1 million donation will be distributed to the following Feeding America member food banks throughout our seven-state operating area:

Food Bank Location Donation
Alabama
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama Birmingham $40,000
Feeding the Gulf Coast Theodore $40,000
Food Bank of North Alabama Huntsville $20,000
Montgomery Area Food Bank Montgomery $20,000
Florida
All Faiths Food Bank Sarasota $25,000
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend Tallahassee $20,000
Feeding Northeast Florida Jacksonville $50,000
Feeding South Florida Pembroke Park $125,000
Feeding Tampa Bay Tampa $100,000
Harry Chapin Food Bank Fort Myers $50,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Orlando $100,000
Treasure Coast Food Bank Fort Pierce $50,000
Georgia
America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Savannah $15,000
Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta $100,000
Feeding the Valley Midland $5,000
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Athens $5,000
Golden Harvest Food Bank Augusta $15,000
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Macon $5,000
Second Harvest of South Georgia Valdosta $5,000
North Carolina
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Raleigh $15,000
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Raleigh $5,000
Manna Food Bank Asheville $5,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Charlotte $50,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Winston-Salem $5,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina Fayetteville $5,000
South Carolina
Harvest Hope Food Bank Columbia $25,000
Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston $25,000
Tennessee
Chattanooga Area Food Bank Chattanooga $5,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Maryville $5,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Nashville $40,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Kingsport $5,000
Virginia
Feed More Richmond $20,000