Though its growth efforts have been impressive, Publix’s commitment to its communities has been equally important. The Florida-based retailer has donated more than $2 billion in deli, dairy, meat, and fresh-baked goods products to those who need them most. Publix has now pledged an additional $2 billion in food donations over the next decade—an altruistic start to the 2020s.
“You can’t always see hunger, but it is all around us,” said Todd Jones, CEO of Publix. “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, Publix’s associates gather food that is no longer salable, and as part of its food recovery program, the grocer donates all of it 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 nourishing, healthy food options to those in need.
“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 those 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.
Thank you to Publix, from all of us at Deli Market News, for its tireless effort to give back to the world around it.