Publix has donated $110,000 to Treasure Coast Food Bank
On Tuesday September 2nd Publix donated $25,000 to Treasure Coast Food Bank. With that donation, the total Publix has donated to the local food bank has been $110,000 this year.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, the food bank's hunger relief efforts have risen 200%. This donation will help to provide food through mobile distributions, family food boxes and individually-packaged meals to families in need in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties.
"We want to thank Publix Super Markets Charities for this donation today and for the constant support for our work fighting hunger, especially as we begin Hunger Action Month," said Judith Cruz, the president and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. "We're also incredibly humbled by the donations of produce and milk we've received over the last several months, which has made a huge difference to people impacted by the coronavirus. We have been able to provide families with a month's worth of nutritious food at our mobile distributions and deliver boxes directly to the homes of people who are at high risk for the virus, so they don't have to continually seek food."
Publix implemented a program earlier this year to buy a surplus of produce and milk from farmers and deliver it directly to food banks. Since implementing this program, Publix has purchased and donated 668,964 pounds of produce and 55,440 gallons of milk to this local food bank.