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PEOPLE’s 50 Companies That Care: Employers Who Have Gone Above & Beyond During the Pandemic

People Logo By David Walters of People | Slide 2 of 51: To assist the estimated 17 million Americans currently experiencing food insecurity, as well as the countless farmers struggling with decreased demand brought on by restaurant and school closures, the Lakeland, Florida-based supermarket chain launched a new initiative, purchasing fruits, vegetables and milk to donate to Feeding America member food banks. To date, Publix has repurposed more than 11 million pounds of produce and 500,000 gallons of milk. “As a food retailer, feeding families is our greatest opportunity to give back, and we are grateful to be able to do so while supporting produce and dairy farmers,” says CEO Todd Jones. “During such challenging times, we are even more committed to supporting those in need and doing good, together.” In addition, Publix Super Markets Charities has made $5 million in monetary donations to over 30 food banks and 200 organizations across the Southeast, with the goal of providing essential supplies to those hit hardest by the pandemic.  In the photo: On April 25, Feeding Tampa Bay and Publix served nearly 3,000 families from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in Florida.

Publix Super Markets

To assist the estimated 17 million Americans currently experiencing food insecurity, as well as the countless farmers struggling with decreased demand brought on by restaurant and school closures, the Lakeland, Florida-based supermarket chain launched a new initiative, purchasing fruits, vegetables and milk to donate to Feeding America member food banks. To date, Publix has repurposed more than 11 million pounds of produce and 500,000 gallons of milk.

“As a food retailer, feeding families is our greatest opportunity to give back, and we are grateful to be able to do so while supporting produce and dairy farmers,” says CEO Todd Jones. “During such challenging times, we are even more committed to supporting those in need and doing good, together.”

In addition, Publix Super Markets Charities has made $5 million in monetary donations to over 30 food banks and 200 organizations across the Southeast, with the goal of providing essential supplies to those hit hardest by the pandemic. 

In the photo: On April 25, Feeding Tampa Bay and Publix served nearly 3,000 families from Pinellas and Hillsborough counties in Florida.

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