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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, peanut butter, grape jelly, fruit and granola bars, and chunk light tuna. Thanks to our customers and associates, we collected over 4 million donations in 2017, for a total of more than 12 million donations since 2015. That equates to over 24 million pounds worth of food donations since 2015.
In December 2017, Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced a donation of $5 million to provide support for over 125 Habitat for Humanity affiliates, including those affected by Hurricane Irma, and over 30 shelters and nonprofit organizations 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 100,000 agencies to assist in their transportation and program needs. Publix Charities also provides funding to local food bank partner agencies to help local community needs. In 2017 PSMC donated $5 million to the organization, helping to bring food to families in communities all across Publix’s operating area. Our Publix stores provided Feeding America with 61 million pounds of donated food in 2017. 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 in 2017, Publix Charities donated more than $40.2 million to various charitable organizations. This is in addition to the $159 million donated since 2013. To learn more, visit publixcharities.org.