Just two weeks after it announced its plan to support farmers, Publix has surpassed a 100,000-gallons-of-milk milestone! As part of this initiative, the grocer helped farmers and families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic by purchasing milk from Southeastern dairies, which was then donated directly to Feeding America member food banks throughout the company’s seven-state operating area.
“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.”
It is no secret that farmers are feeling the effects of unexpected fluctuations in demand, with some forced to discard product due to the closures of key food establishments, while Feeding America estimates an additional 17 million people will experience food insecurity due to the pandemic. Initiatives like Publix's help to bring a balance to both these sides.
Since 2009, Publix has donated more than $2 billion in food to people in need, according to a press release, and pledged an additional $2 billion in food donations over the next 10 years. Amidst the current pandemic alone, the retailer has donated $2 million to support Feeding America member food banks.
We here at Deli Market News thank everyone in our industry working to ensure the dairy community crosses the finish line of COVID-19 and into better times.