PUBLIX DONATES $21,000 TO FEEDING NORTHEAST FLORIDA THROUGH FOOD FOR ALL® CAMPAIGN
Funds Will Help Provide Meals to More Than 283,000 Struggling with Hunger Locally
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 5, 2018 – Through Publix Super Markets’ nationwide Food For All® 2017 fundraiser, Feeding Northeast Florida is one of 22 Jacksonville-based nonprofit organizations receiving monetary donations. Of the $382,000 being distributed across the Northeast Florida-region, $21,096 has been gifted to Feeding Northeast Florida. The Publix team visited the Feeding Northeast Florida Distribution Center this week to hand-deliver the check.
“Our stores are pleased to participate in the annual Food For All fundraiser,” said Dwaine Stevens, Publix media and community relations manager, Jacksonville division. “Thanks to the generosity of our customers – and the enthusiasm of our associates – the campaign helps make a difference to so many in the communities we serve.”
During the three-week November 2017 campaign, Publix Super Market shoppers and associates contributed by purchasing donation coupons for $1, $3 or $5, which were scanned during checkout and added to their purchase total. All funds collected are being distributed to programs that fight hunger and advocate for self-sufficiency on a local and regional level.
“Publix goes above and beyond to holistically help us move our mission forward. From weekly food donations to monetary investments, Publix’s support has made a significant impact on alleviating hunger in Northeast Florida,” said Frank D. Castillo, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “We are grateful for this donation from generous Publix shoppers, which will be used to support programs that work toward relieving hunger for the more than 283,000 children and families, seniors and veterans in our community struggling with food insecurity.”
One in four children and one in six adults in Northeast Florida are food insecure, meaning they do not always know where their next meal will come from. The Food For All® donation will assist Feeding Northeast Florida in distributing high-quality food to its hunger network of 160 partners and programs.
Publix remains one of Feeding Northeast Florida’s most engaged and involved donors. Feeding Northeast Florida currently picks up food donations from 55 local Publix retail stores in six area counties. In 2017 alone, Publix donated more than four million pounds of food to Feeding Northeast Florida, which has a retail value of more than $10 million.
About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) is establishing food security in eight area counties – Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns – through a partnership with 160 hunger-relief agencies and programs including food pantries and faith-based organizations. A member of Feeding America, FNEFL rescues good, high-quality food to be distributed to neighbors in need. In 2017, FNEFL distributed more than 12.5 million meals. With an estimated 283,000 in Northeast Florida relying on area food pantries and charitable organizations for food assistance each year – a number that has not changed much since the 2008 recession – FNEFL’s mission is even more critical today. To learn more about Feeding Northeast Florida, visit feedingnefl.org.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 190,000 employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,177 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 21 consecutive years. 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.