FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Ed Crenshaw spent his last day as Publix CEO last month visiting employees taking part in the grocery store chain's annual service day, including a stop in South Florida.
Crenshaw spent 42 years working for the Lakeland-based grocery store chain, and he couldn't think of a better way to go out than spending time with the people who have made Publix what it is today.
More than 4,500 Publix associates across the company's six operating states took part in the April 27 service event, volunteering with more than 130 nonprofit organizations.
Among the stops on Crenshaw's travels was to Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, where employees helped to fill its food pantries.
Employees gave their time, along with a donation of about $1,000 per district. The money was used to purchase items for Habitat for Humanity, food pantries, soup kitchens, backpack programs, senior meal boxes and beautification efforts.
Crenshaw took pictures and ate cake with the employees.