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Customer Service Desk: Philanthropy
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE
Taking care of the planet means taking care of the people on it, and one of the most natural ways for us to do so is feeding those in need. Our Food for Sharing campaign offers associates and customers the opportunity to help. Each year, we collect and donate food items including green beans, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, long-grain rice, fruit cocktail, creamy peanut butter, grape jelly, fruit and granola bars, and chunk light tuna. Thanks to our customers and associates, we were able to collect over 3 million cumulative donations in 2015 and over 5 million in 2016. That equates to over 8 million pounds worth of food donations for 2015, and 8.7 million for 2016.
In December 2016, Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced a donation of $5.5 million to provide support for over 120 Habitat for Humanity affiliates and funding for 61 new homes throughout the Southeast. And as part of our Publix Serves initiative, our associates helped build homes where feasible. To help truly make each new house sponsored by PSMC a home, Publix Super Markets greeted the new homeowners with fully stocked pantries.
Publix Super Markets Charities also supports Feeding America by providing donations to member food banks, reaching over 10,000 agencies to assist in their transportation and program needs. It also provides funding to local food bank partner agencies to help local community needs. In 2016 Publix Super Markets Charities donated $5 million dollars to the organization, helping to bring food to families in communities all across Publix’s operating area. Our Publix stores provided Feeding America with 56.6 million pounds of donated food in 2016. To learn what our stores do to support Feeding America, click here.
OTHER CHARITABLE DONATIONS
* March of Dimes, Food for All, Children’s Miracle Network, and Special Olympics include contributions from both Publix associates and customers. United Way includes contributions from Publix associates only.
In addition to these donations by our customers and associates, Publix Charities contributed $43.1 million in 2016, $42.9 million in 2015, $38.6 million in 2014, and $34.5 million in 2013. To learn more, visit http://publixcharities.org/.