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Publix Culture

At Publix, we see our community as an extended family. And it’s part of our culture to take care of each other, especially in difficult times.

We are committed to helping alleviate hunger and giving back as our founder, Mr. George, inspired us to do.

Our hunger relief efforts are year-round:

  • In-store perishable food recovery program. Every day in stores, associates gather much-needed wholesome but unsalable dairy, deli and meat items, as well as produce, to donate to food banks throughout our 7-state operating area. In 2019, we announced we had donated more than $2 billion in food through our food recovery program and pledged an additional $2 billion in food donations by 2030.
  • Farmers and families initiative. During the pandemic, local food bank partners saw a growing number of families needing assistance and, at the same time, farmers were discarding produce and milk because of decreased demand. As a food retailer, we had the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of impacted families and farmers. We strengthened our focus on hunger alleviation by purchasing produce from farmers and milk from dairies in the Southeast, and donating it to Feeding America® member food banks in our operating area.
  • Feeding More Together. In March of 2021, we launched our Feeding More Together campaign, allowing customers to donate at the register to purchase nonperishable food items for local food banks. We then matched customer donations by purchasing an equivalent dollar value of fresh produce, which was donated to Feeding America member food banks. The first Feeding More Together campaign raised nearly $5 million in customer donations. It will run again this fall, Nov. 4 – 15.
  • Scholarships and food donations for students. Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) are contributing a total of $180,000 to support the education and well-being of students at 9 colleges and universities in our operating area. We are donating $45,000 in food and other products, and PSMC is donating $45,000 in funding to support food pantries serving students at the scholarship schools. In addition, through a collaboration with the United Negro College Fund, we are providing a total of $90,000 in scholarships to 45 minority students attending the selected schools.
  • Financial contributions by PSMC. On Sept. 13, in recognition of Hunger Action Month, PSMC announced a donation of $5.5 million to 300 nonprofit organizations, including 32 Feeding America member food banks. For a list of donations to Feeding America member food banks, visit the Publix Super Markets Charities website.

At Publix, we are committed to making a difference and giving back.

Visit our community section to learn more about Publix’s hunger relief efforts, see how you can help alleviate hunger in your community and find a list of Feeding America member food bank donation recipients.

We can do good, together.