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Publix makes $5M donation to combat hunger

Publix is looking to help communities in need.

The Lakeland, Fla.-based company announced that it would be donating $5 million to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America member food banks that focus on alleviating hunger.

“For more than 50 years, we have been nourishing the communities in which Publix operates,” Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities, said. “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.”

The retailer will award a gift card between $20,000 to $15,000 from its Publix Super Markets Charities to locations in various states. Those on the company’s lost include:

  • Alabama’s Feeding Gulf Coast in Theodore, Food Bank of North Alabama in Huntsville, Montgomery Area Food Bank in Montgomery and the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham;

  • Florida’s All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend in Tallahassee, Feeding Northeast Florida in Jacksonville, Feeding South Florida in Pembroke Park, Feeding Tampa Bay in Tampa, Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando and the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce;

  • Georgia’s Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in Macon, Golden Harvest Food Bank in Augusta, Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens, Feeding the Valley in Midland, Atlanta Community Food Bank and America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah;

  • North Carolina’s Action Pathways in Fayetteville, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh, Manna Food Bank in Asheville, Inter-Faith Food Shuffle in Raleigh, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston-Salem;

  • South Carolina’s Harvest Hope Food Bank in Columbia and Lowcountry Food Bank in Charleston;

  • Tennessee’s Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee in Maryville, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in Nashville and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee in Greeneville; and

  • Virginia’s FeedMore in Richmond.

“Feeding America is thankful to Publix and Publix Charities for their long-standing commitment to fighting hunger in communities across the southeast,” Matt Knott, president of Feeding America, said. “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.”
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