Alleviating hunger through Publix’s perishable recovery program
With hunger affecting every community Publix serves, helping to provide nutritious food is at the core of the company’s charitable efforts. One of Publix’s key initiatives in helping to alleviate hunger is its perishable recovery program. According to Feeding America, nearly 108 billion pounds of edible food is thrown out each year nationwide.
To help limit food waste and provide nourishing meals for neighbors in need, Publix piloted a perishable recovery program in 2007. This program engages Publix associates in hunger alleviation efforts by having them gather perishable foods that are no longer salable and donate them to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations. The products donated from the retailer’s dairy, deli, meat and produce departments help food banks offer wholesome options to their clients.
“At Publix, we believe our greatest opportunity to give back is by helping to alleviate food insecurity. That’s why we continue our efforts to ensure millions of pounds of food reach people in need in the communities we serve,” said Publix Director of Community Relations Dwaine Stevens.
Since the program’s launch in 2011 through June 2022, the company has donated more than 600 million meals to food banks through this initiative. By establishing this program, Publix is working every day to do good together and serve our local communities and area food banks.