FORT PIERCE, Fla. – Sept. 20, 2023 – Treasure Coast Food Bank today announced it received a $235,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities to support the organization’s mobile market efforts to bring produce, proteins, and other fresh food items to neighbors who lack reliable access to these goods. Treasure Coast Food Bank serves nearly 250,000 individuals each week throughout St. Lucie, Martin, Indian River and Okeechobee counties.
Treasure Coast Food Bank has seen a 34% increase in the number of neighbors needing food, supplies and other forms of assistance, and Publix Charities’ donation will help increase capacity and meet this elevated need. Publix Charities has given a total of $2.2 million to Treasure Coast Food Bank since 2010.
“We are extremely grateful to receive this generous donation from Publix Charities, which will provide thousands of pounds of fresh food to our neighbors in need,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Our mobile distribution programs have been integral in our mission to end hunger by providing nutritious, fresh products in areas with low and inconsistent access. We’re excited to continue growing and expanding our programs.”
“Helping provide food to our neighbors in need is at the heart of our philanthropic efforts at Publix,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “We’re thankful to Publix Super Markets Charities for their continued support of hunger alleviation efforts in the areas we serve. Their support and our work with food banks throughout the Southeast provide nourishment and better the lives of families and individuals in our communities. We’re proud to do good, together.”
The $235,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities to Treasure Coast Food Bank is one of several donations made this year to help provide food and other essential support to people facing hunger. In all, Publix Super Markets Charities has donated $10 million to Feeding America partner food banks and other nonprofit partners in 2023.
ABOUT TREASURE COAST FOOD BANK
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization on Florida’s Treasure Coast, providing the community each year with millions of meals valued at more than $50 million through robust programs and in partnership with 300 charitable organizations in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin, and Okeechobee counties. In addition to emergency food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank operates a full roster of direct service programs that not only solve the immediate problem of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security, better health outcomes, and self-sufficiency. Treasure Coast Food Bank is a Partner Food Bank of Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, stophunger.org or follow us @TCFoodbank on Facebook or Twitter.
ABOUT PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS CHARITIES
George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known as “Mr. George,” believed in giving. From the day he opened his first Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision it would continue giving long after he was gone. Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates. To learn more, visit www.publixcharities.org.
ABOUT PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS
Markets Publix, the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. with more than 250,000 associates, currently operates 1,351 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. For 26 consecutive years, the company has been recognized by Fortune as a great place to work. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s newsroom at corporate.publix.com/newsroom.