JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 17, 2017 – Through Publix Super Markets’ nationwide Food For All® 2016 fundraiser, Feeding Northeast Florida is one of 21 Jacksonville-area nonprofit organizations receiving monetary donations. Of the $577,000 being distributed across the Northeast Florida-region, $60,809.16 has been gifted to Feeding Northeast Florida. Several Publix executives visited the Feeding Northeast Florida Distribution Center Wednesday to hand-deliver the check.
“We are pleased to be aligned and partnered with such an impactful organization that understands the basic needs of individuals and their families,” said Steve Walker, Publix regional director. “We are truly humbled by the participation of our customers who contribute to this worthy cause and support our efforts of being responsible to our local communities.”
In December, Publix Super Market shoppers contributed to the campaign 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 has been an incredible supporter of Feeding Northeast Florida and our mission for over seven years,” said Luke Layow, president and CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “This donation from generous Publix shoppers will go a long way in our fight to eliminate hunger – this more than $60,000 gift will create 364,855 meals for children and families, senior citizens and veterans in need in our community.”
One in four children and one in six adults in Northeast Florida are food insecure – that’s 283,140 people. The Food For All® donation will allow Feeding Northeast Florida to continue distributing high-quality food to 160 hunger-relief organizations.
Publix has remained one of Feeding Northeast Florida’s most engaged and involved donor retailers since the partnership began in 2010. Feeding Northeast Florida currently picks up food donations from 55 local Publix retail stores in seven area counties. In 2016 alone, Publix donated more than 4.5 million pounds of food to Feeding Northeast Florida, which has a retail value of nearly $8 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 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 2016, FNEFL distributed 12.3 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 200,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,145 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 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.