Publix pledges to help farmers by buying excess food, donating it to food banks

Posted at 11:51 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-23 07:51:54-04

LAKELAND, Fla. — Publix announced it will be helping out farmers impacted by the pandemic.

The grocery store chain pledges to buy fresh produce and milk from these farmers and then donating the food to Feeding America.

Publix is working to donate more than 150,000 pounds of produce and more than 43,500 gallons of milk to Feeding America food banks, according to its press release.

“As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of families and farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones in a press release. “In this time of uncertainty, we are grateful to be able to help Florida’s produce farmers, southeastern dairies and families in our communities.”

With schools, restaurants and hotels being closed due to coronavirus concerns, farmers have been forced to toss away unsold produce and milk.

“We are thrilled about Publix’s initiative to buy additional milk from Southeast Milk for processing and donation to Feeding America member food banks,” said Southeast Milk Inc. President Joe Wright in a press release. “It’s a win-win for our farmers who are feeling the impact of decreased demand and the families who are in need of nutrient rich milk during this pandemic.”

You can click here for more information on this initiative.