Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $5 Million to Help Alleviate Hunger
August 13, 2018
Publix Super Markets Charities announced Harvest Hope Food Bank will receive $150,000 as part of a $5 million donation to more than 240 nonprofit organizations—including Feeding America® member food banks—focused on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area. The donation will provide funding to assist the organization in the nourishment of children, seniors and families in need. Over the past four years, Publix Super Market Charities has contributed more than $17 million to hunger-related programs.
“For more than 50 years, we have been nourishing the communities in which Publix operates,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “Through these efforts, we’ve supported the plight of the hungry and homeless, recognizing the importance of proper nutrition and the access to food. Children, seniors and families should never have to wonder where they will find their next meal. Our Foundation is dedicated to providing more meals and giving more hope to our communities.”
According to the USDA, more than 41 million Americans live in food insecure households, including nearly 13 million children and 5 million seniors. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating for children and seniors due to their increased vulnerability.
“Feeding America is thankful to Publix and Publix Charities for their long-standing commitment to fighting hunger in communities across the southeast,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “One in eight Americans are at risk of hunger. This investment in programs and infrastructure will help food banks and their agency partners provide millions of meals to children, seniors and families who need them most.”