As people across Florida face food insecurity at unprecedented levels, Publix today announced a new six-week program to support six of the state's largest food banks with donations of pasta, canned vegetables, canned beans, cereal and boxed potatoes. The six participating Feeding America member food banks collectively serve 46 counties in Florida and include:
Food banks are in need with some reporting as much as a 300 to 400% increase in demand. As we approach the holidays, more than 2.7 million people in Florida ? 1 in 8 ? are struggling with hunger.
"When we heard from food banks that they were facing a critical food shortage, we knew that, as a food retailer, we had another opportunity to help," said Publix CEO Todd Jones. "With 90 years of relationships and expertise, we are able to mobilize quickly ? sourcing, purchasing and transporting what these food banks need most ? and bring hope and nourishment this holiday season."
"As federally funded food deliveries decrease, food banks need help to serve our communities," said Paco Velez, president and CEO, Feeding South Florida. "For decades, Publix has consistently looked for creative ways to support those in need. Their leadership in 2020 has played a vital role in sustaining our clients throughout this most challenging and unusual year."
This new six-week program is in addition to the program Publix launched in April to purchase surplus produce and milk from farmers impacted by the pandemic and deliver it directly to food banks. Through that program, Publix expects to purchase and deliver more than 18 million pounds of produce and over 500,000 gallons of milk to Feeding America member food banks throughout the Southeast this year, including more than 7 million pounds of produce and more than 250,000 gallons of milk to the six Florida food banks receiving additional support this holiday season.
About Publix Super Markets
Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 225,000 associates, currently operates 1,264 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 23 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work. In addition, Publix's dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company's website, corporate.publix.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.