In the wake of the recently ended partial government shutdown that impacted roughly 800,000 federal workers, Publix Super Markets Charities announced on Friday that it would immediately contribute $1 million to United Way to be used to support those impacted by financial hardship within Publix’s operating area.
The emergency fund assists working persons and their families who, among other hardships, have experienced an unexpected loss of income. Those in need of assistance should call their local United Way.
“Our founder, George W. Jenkins, believed one of the most efficient ways to assist people was through giving to United Way, and we still believe that today,” said Executive Director for Publix Super Markets Charities Kelly Williams-Puccio. “Our commitment to his vision continues through our dedication to offer people hope.”
In 1966, Mr. George, as he was affectionately known, established a charitable foundation with the intention of caring for his community—and with a vision that the giving would continue long after he was gone.
Today, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in the retailer’s operating area, which includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Publix operates more than 1,200 stores across those seven states.