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Publix Charities sponsoring Habitat for Humanity homes across Southeast, including Knoxville



LAKELAND, FL. - Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) has donated $5 million to more than 125 Habitat for Humanity affiliates, including those impacted by Hurricane Irma, and over 30 shelters and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast.

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This donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing, transitional support and client service programs.

“No individual or family should have to worry about the basic needs of food or shelter,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Markets Charities. “I am honored our Foundation is continuing my father’s legacy of supporting the communities Publix serves. And I am so proud of our Publix associates for giving their time and talents to building houses and providing hope to those in need.”

The 38 Habitat for Humanity affiliates that will be receiving funding for 40 new houses include:

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“Publix and Publix Charities set a very high bar for community engagement,” said Mario Artecona, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami. “Their support is consistent and steadfast. Not only are they incredibly generous, but their associates volunteer with a contagious enthusiasm — be it during regular construction or hurricane recovery, and anything in between. They never fail to be front and center addressing the needs of the community.” In related efforts, to help truly make each new house sponsored by PSMC a home, Publix Super Markets will greet the new homeowners with fully stocked pantries.

PSMC began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, Florida). The Foundation has continued its support of Habitat for Humanity affiliates, and other nonprofits that serve the plight of the hungry and homeless. Earlier this year, PSMC made another $5 million donation to Feeding America member food banks, schools and other nonprofits focused on alleviating hunger across the company’s operating area. To learn more about the Foundation’s efforts, please visit publix.com/hope or publixcharities.org/hope.

George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known as “Mr. George”, believed in giving. From the day he opened his first Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision that it would continue giving long after he was gone. Under the leadership of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Mr. George’s daughter, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates.

​Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 190,000 employees, with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,164 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 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.

Published December 26, 2017







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