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LAKELAND, Fla., April 3, 2018 — Today, more than 5,700 Publix associates across the company’s seven operating states are volunteering at over 150 local nonprofit organizations whose focus is primarily on the plight of the hungry and homeless.

This year’s companywide day of service is an extension of Publix Super Markets Charities’ $10 million contribution to Feeding America® member food banks, Habitat for Humanity affiliates, schools, shelters and other nonprofit organizations focused on alleviating hunger and homelessness across Publix’s operating area.

Publix associates volunteered to build homes and feed families where feasible to complement the Foundation’s generous gifts. Other service projects support youth and education projects, which are also pillars of the company’s philanthropic outreach. Follow the hashtag #PublixServes to follow the volunteer activities.

“Publix Serves empowers our associates, supports our communities and impacts countless nonprofit organizations throughout our operating area,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “As a company that’s committed to giving back, we’re excited to have more than 5,700 associates volunteering in the communities where we live and work. There is nothing more gratifying than to hear and see the impactful difference our associates are making in our communities each and every day.”

The company launched Publix Serves in 2015 as its community program that unites its associates in community service efforts.