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Provides meals and hope to neighbors in need

LAKELAND, Fla., Aug. 28, 2019 — As part of Publix Super Markets Charities’ ongoing support of hunger relief efforts and in recognition of September being Hunger Action Month, Publix Charities announced today it will donate $5 million to Feeding America® member food banks, schools and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast. The donation will support pantries and meal programs in the communities surrounding Publix stores and brings Publix Charities’ total contribution to hunger relief organizations to more than $22 million over the last five years. Throughout the day, Publix associates and leadership will visit 18 Feeding America member food banks and partner agencies in Publix’s seven state operating area to volunteer and deliver contributions.

“Millions of people in the Southeast — many of them children and seniors — may not know where they will find their next meal. Together, we can help change that,” said Kelly Williams-Puccio, executive director of Publix Super Markets Charities. “We are proud to continue our commitment to feeding communities across the Southeast and offer dignity and nourishment to our neighbors in need.”

According to the USDA, 1 in 8 people across the U.S. struggles with hunger, including more than 9 million people in Publix’s operating area.

“Every day, food banks in the Feeding America network are on the ground helping children and families who need it most, but we know that we can’t end hunger alone. We are grateful to Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities for their long-standing commitment to fighting hunger in communities across the Southeast. Your donations will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people we serve,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America.

This year’s $5 million donation includes $25,000 to Feeding America as well as gifts ranging from $20,000 to $150,000 to each of the following member food banks:

Food Bank Location Donation
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama Birmingham $150,000
Feeding the Gulf Coast Theodore $150,000
Food Bank of North Alabama Huntsville $100,000
Montgomery Area Food Bank Montgomery $100,000
All Faiths Food Bank Sarasota $150,000
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend Tallahassee $75,000
Feeding Northeast Florida Jacksonville $100,000
Feeding South Florida Pembroke Park $150,000
Feeding Tampa Bay Tampa $150,000
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida Fort Myers $150,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Orlando $150,000
Treasure Coast Food Bank Fort Pierce $75,000
America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia Savannah $100,000
Atlanta Community Food Bank Atlanta $150,000
Feeding the Valley Midland $50,000
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia Athens $75,000
Golden Harvest Food Bank Augusta $80,000
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank Macon $75,000
Second Harvest of South Georgia Valdosta $50,000
North Carolina
Action Pathways Fayetteville $35,000
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina Raleigh $100,000
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Raleigh $50,000
MANNA Food Bank Asheville $50,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Charlotte $150,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina Winston-Salem $60,000
South Carolina
Harvest Hope Food Bank Columbia $150,000
Lowcountry Food Bank Charleston $150,000
Chattanooga Area Food Bank Chattanooga $75,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee Maryville $60,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee Nashville $100,000
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee Greeneville $20,000
Feed More Richmond $75,000

About Publix Super Markets Charities

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 it would continue giving long after he was gone. Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates. To learn more, visit