Publix is ramping up its philanthropic efforts when it comes to disaster relief.
The company announced that it has donated more than $800,000 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief to help people affected by Hurricane Florence. Additionally, Publix Super Markets Charities previously announced a donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross and United Way for relief efforts for the affected areas.
“Thanks to the generosity of our customers and associates we are able to help victims recover from the devastation left by Hurricane Florence,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “It is our privilege to do what we can to help those affected by the storm.”
The amount donated by Publix was raised through a program last month that allowed customers to donate any amount by adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers.
This is not the first time Publix has contributed to a relief effort. In August, Publix Super Markets Charities announced that it will donate $5 million to more than 240 nonprofit organizations, including Feeding America member food banks, focused on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area. The donation will provide funding to assist these nonprofit organizations in the nourishment of children, seniors and families in need.
“Feeding America is thankful to Publix and Publix Charities for their long-standing commitment to fighting hunger in communities across the southeast,” said Matt Knott, president of Feeding America. “One in eight Americans are at risk of hunger. This investment in programs and infrastructure will help food banks and their agency partners provide millions of meals to children, seniors and families who need them most.”
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 195,000 employees, with 2017 sales of $34.6 billion. Currently, Publix has 1,200 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.