Treasure Coast Food Bank and Publix kick off

 Hunger Action Month

Publix announces $5 million in donations to hunger-relief organizations

Publix Board member Barney Barnett

FORT PIERCE, Fla.  Aug. 28, 2019 – At Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Kitchen Wednesday, more than 70 community members gathered for a kickoff of Hunger Action Month. The kickoff was a partnership with Publix Supermarkets Charities, which announced donations to Treasure Coast Food Bank and 14 other South Florida hunger relief organizations.

Treasure Coast Food Bank received a donation of $75,000 from Publix Supermarkets Charities, part of the $5 million the Lakeland-based company was donating to hunger relief organizations within the five states it serves in recognition of Hunger Action Month.

“Publix Charities receives hundreds of requests for support each year, requests ranging from school backpack programs to feed hungry children to those for refrigerated trailers to provide wholesome dairy, meat and produce to those in need,” said Publix Board member Barney Barnett. “That’s why we are proud to announce that this year Publix Charities is donating a total of $5 million to Feeding America member food banks, schools, and other organizations to help alleviate hunger.”

Treasure Coast Food Bank and Publix have worked in partnership for more than a decade, said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank.

Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank

“Partnerships like these are significant, and truly represent the spirit of Hunger Action Month,” Cruz said. “About 10 years ago our food rescue program began working with Publix stores, and to date, our Food Bank trucks have picked up and distributed over 19 million pounds of food. That’s over 17 million meals, so thank you for that.”

As part of the kickoff event, Publix associates from 32 stores in Indian River, St. Lucie and Martin counties spent the morning volunteering in Treasure Coast Food Bank’s Food Production Kitchen where they worked to wash, chop, and package fresh produce as well as cook large batches of food to be prepared into meals.

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide effort by Feeding America food banks to bring awareness and encourage action against hunger. It runs throughout the month of September. Treasure Coast Food Bank has created a calendar with different ways for people to get involved each day. There are several events throughout the month as well. For more information, visit stophunger.org.