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Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $5.5 Million to Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 5, 2016 — Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it would donate $5.5 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast. The donation will provide funding to over 120 affiliates and build more than 60 new houses in 2017.

This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing. The average price to sponsor a house within the company’s area of operation is about $75,000.

“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Fifty years later, we’re still honoring his legacy. We are delighted to support Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Publix’s footprint by giving $5.5 million to this very important cause.”

The Habitat for Humanity affiliates who will be receiving funding for new houses include:

Alabama

  • Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Coffee County, Alabama
  • Habitat for Humanity of Madison County
  • Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama
  • Troy-Pike Habitat for Humanity

Florida

  • Alachua Habitat for Humanity
  • Big Bend Habitat for Humanity
  • Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
  • Clay County Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Broward (2)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Collier County (2)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami (2)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando
  • Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
  • Habitat for Humanity of Marion County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
  • Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
  • Habitat for Humanity of Walton County
  • Highlands County Habitat for Humanity
  • Lakeland Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity
  • West Pasco Habitat for Humanity

Georgia

  • Augusta, Central Savannah River Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Atlanta
  • Habitat for Humanity - DeKalb
  • Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia
  • Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta
  • Macon Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity

North Carolina

  • Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Cabarrus County Habitat for Humanity
  • Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity
  • Greater Matthews Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
  • Habitat for Humanity of Craven County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
  • Our Towns Habitat for Humanity

South Carolina

  • Aiken County Habitat for Humanity
  • Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
  • Charleston Habitat for Humanity
  • East Cooper Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
  • Habitat for Humanity of York County
  • Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity

Tennessee

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
  • Rutherford County Area Habitat for Humanity

Virginia

  • Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity (2)

“The generosity of Publix Charities to Habitat for Humanity affiliates throughout the Southeast has been amazing,” said Tina Swain, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. “Their support has allowed us to create strength, stability and self-reliance for Habitat homeowners for decades. It is with gratitude that we are able to provide another affordable housing solution for deserving families in Hillsborough County.”

In related efforts, to help truly make each new house sponsored by PSMC a home, Publix Super Markets will greet the new homeowners with fully stocked pantries. PSMC began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, Florida). The Foundation has continued its support of Habitat for Humanity, donating more than $4 million to more than 80 Habitat affiliates in 2015. This year’s $5.5 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity affiliates is the Foundation’s largest gift in any year and will support more than 120 Habitat affiliates across the Southeast.

George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known as “Mr. George” believed in giving. From the day he opened his first Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision that it would continue giving long after he was gone. Under the leadership of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Mr. George’s daughter, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates.