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Customer Service Desk: Philanthropy
GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE
Taking care of the planet means taking care of the people on it, and one of the most natural ways for us to do so is feeding those in need. Our Food for Sharing campaign offers associates and customers the opportunity to help. In 2014, we were able to send 132 trailer loads of food to feed the hungry. We nearly doubled this donation in 2015.
Publix Super Markets Charities also donated $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast in 2015 to build 40 new houses in 2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates. And as part of our Publix Serves initiative, our associates helped build homes where feasible. To help truly make each new house sponsored by PSMC a home, Publix Super Markets greeted the new homeowners with fully stocked pantries.
As part of our mission, we are intolerant of waste and involved as responsible citizens in our communities. By establishing a perishable recovery program and partnering with Feeding America® member food banks, we stay connected to our local communities and area food banks.
All perishable recovery food donations made through Publix will support feeding those in need within our communities and help the fight against hunger in America. Publix provides an invaluable community service through its partnership with Feeding America. Donating unsalable yet still wholesome products provides individuals and families facing hunger a way to bring more food to the table.
Our Publix stores provided Feeding America with 48.7 million pounds of food donated in 2015, more than 43 million pounds of food in 2014, and more than 36 million pounds of food in 2013.
OTHER CHARITABLE DONATIONS
* March of Dimes, Food for All, Children’s Miracle Network, and Special Olympics include contributions from both Publix associates and customers. United Way includes contributions from Publix associates only.
In addition to these donations by our customers and associates, Publix Charities contributed $42.9 million in 2015, $38.6 million in 2014, and $34.5 million in 2013. To learn more, visit http://publixcharities.org/.