Publix donates upwards of $5 million for hunger relief, serves communities

Publix associates inspected, sorted and packed nonperishable products, as well as Publix produce, at Feeding South Florida, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (September 2022) (Publix)

Last week, Publix Super Markets Charities donated $5.65 million to 328 Feeding America member food banks and other food nonprofits in Southeast Florida.

In addition, as part of the food retailer’s annual Publix Serves Week, nearly 6,300 associates volunteered at more than 200 nonprofits throughout the company’s operating area.

The focus this year was on helping people experiencing food insecurity.

“For many of our neighbors, a daily meal isn’t a choice of what they will eat, but if they will eat,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “It may be a choice between eating a meal or paying an electric bill. We want to help alleviate that burden by putting nourishing food on the tables of our neighbors in need. With the donation from Publix Charities and the volunteer efforts of Publix associates, we’re honored to do good, together for our communities.”

Publix has consistently supported Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. 

In 2021, Feeding America provided 6.6 billion meals to people in need through its extensive network of food banks and more than 60,000 partner agencies.

“Wholesome food is fundamental for the health and well-being of our communities, and too many lack access to this basic need,” said Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot. “These gifts from Publix Super Markets Charities further our mission to provide access to nutritious food. We’re grateful to Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities for their continued commitment to helping alleviate hunger.”

For a list of Feeding America member food bank recipients, and to learn more about Publix Super Markets Charities hunger relief efforts, visit

About the Author:

Mayte Padron Cordones is an Emmy-award winning journalist and the director of WPLG's Community Relations Department, overseeing the station's outreach initiatives to benefit and strengthen the South Florida community.