In the challenging times that we are currently faced with, seeing companies give back in big ways can be just the right heart-warming act that makes the world a little brighter. Publix recently became United Way’s largest corporate donor with a cumulative contribution of $63.6 million, making hearts everywhere smile.
"We're honored to be recognized as United Way's No. 1 Global Corporate Leader," said Publix Chief Executive Officer Todd Jones. "Our Founder, George Jenkins, believed in the benefit of giving to United Way because the funds raised support the critical needs of the community through local agencies. I'm proud of our associates for continuing the legacy of giving Mr. George exemplified."
According to a press release, the contribution came together in a two-point process that involved not just the corporate designating funds, but also coordinating an in-house campaign and charities.
The Publix endowment is a combination of its associates having pledged $38.6 million to United Way in the company's most recent workplace campaign and $25 million donated by Publix Super Market Charities. The grocery company is one of 52,000 companies—including more than half of the Fortune 500—that partner with United Way.
"Publix and its associates share United Way's belief in building strong communities, which is why it's no surprise to see Publix become our largest corporate donor," said Brian Gallagher, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way Worldwide. "On behalf of everyone at United Way, I want to thank Publix for being incredible community citizens."
The foundation announced that the grocer’s $63.6 million donation is being distributed among the 109 local United Ways in the seven states Publix operates in, including Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.
United Way efforts seek to improve the health and wellness of individuals, early education, and financial stability in the communities it serves.
As more companies in our industry continue to shine light on their communities through their donations and acts of service, Deli Market News will be here to report on the details.