Publix commits to hunger alleviation on National Food Bank Day and year-round

September 1, 2023
Publix associates filling boxes at a food bank

Sept. 1, 2023 — On National Food Bank Day and throughout the year, Publix works to help people facing food insecurity. The first Friday in September has been recognized as National Food Bank Day since 2017. The day honors the founding of St. Mary’s Food Bank — the first in the world. It also serves as a reminder that hunger continues to impact individuals worldwide.

As a grocery retailer, we have a long-standing history of helping alleviate hunger in the communities we serve. One of our key initiatives in helping address food insecurity is the perishable recovery program. This program engages Publix associates in hunger alleviation efforts by having them gather perishable foods that are no longer salable but still safe to consume and donate them to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations. The products donated from our dairy, deli, meat and produce departments help food banks offer wholesome options to the people they serve. Since 2009, the program has provided more than 800 million pounds to food banks. 

Another one of our programs that support food banks is Feeding More Together. Established in 2021, this register campaign combines the generosity of customer donations with Publix giving. Twice a year, customers can donate at the register to provide local food banks and pantries with nonperishable food items. We then provide $5 million to purchase and deliver produce to Feeding America member food banks in our operating area. Since the program began, more than 77 million pounds of food have been provided to help feed individuals and families. 

“At Publix, we believe no one should have to decide between having food to eat and paying a bill,” said Publix Director of Community Relations Dwaine Stevens. “As a food retailer, our greatest opportunity to give back is by helping put food on the tables of our neighbors in need. That’s why we continue our efforts to ensure millions of pounds of food reach our neighbors in need in the communities we serve.”