Publix Commits to $4 Billion in Food Donations
- by Maggie Mead
LAKELAND, FL - Hand-in-hand with its ambitious growth plans, Publix has also been giving back to its community. Since 2009, the retailer has donated more than $2 billion in produce and other essential groceries to those who need them most. Now, Publix has pledged an additional $2 billion in food donations over the next ten years, kicking off the new decade with altruistic dedication.
“You can’t always see hunger, but it is all around us,” Todd Jones, CEO of Publix, commented. “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.”
Every day, Publix associates gather foods that are no longer salable and as part of its food recovery program, the retailer donates it all to more than 100 Feeding America® member food banks and other nonprofit organizations, according to a press release. Through the retailer’s program, these food banks are able to provide healthy and nourishing options to those who need them.
“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.
Feeding America reports that nine million Americans in the Southeast alone don’t have enough food to eat. Every community that Publix serves has individuals in serious need of dietary assistance, a fact that is at the center of the retailer’s charitable efforts. Over its 90 years in business, Publix has worked hard to support the communities in which it operates, an ethos that goes all the way back to Founder George Jenkins, who laid the groundwork for a company with philanthropy at its very core.
We at AndNowUKnow applaud Publix’s dedication to the less fortunate and look forward to seeing how the retailer continues to improve its communities over the coming decade.