Publix has reached a milestone in its initiative to help support farmers and feed those in need during the COVID-19 crises.
The company announced Wednesday that it has purchased more than 1 million pounds of fruits and vegetables and more than 100,000 gallons of milk to donate to Feeding America member food banks.
“We’re proud of the success this initiative has had in supporting farmers and families affected by the pandemic,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement. “As a food retailer, feeding families is our greatest opportunity to give back, and we are grateful to be able to do so while supporting produce and dairy farmers. During such challenging times, we are even more committed to supporting those in need and doing good, together.”
Launched on April 22, the initiative aims to help farmers and families struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The fruits, vegetables and milk are being purchased from produce farmers in Florida and dairies in the southeast.
The food and milk goes to Feeding America food banks in all seven states that Publix operates.
According to Feeding America, an estimated 17 million additional people will experience food insecurity due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, farmers are feeling the effects of an unexpected decrease in demand, and some are being forced to discard produce and milk due to the closures of schools, restaurants and other establishments.
Click here to learn more about Publix's initiative.