Publix Super Markets Charities

OVERVIEW: This corporate grocery store chain funder supports efforts related to hunger, homelessness, youth, and education in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

FUNDING AREAS: Hunger, homelessness, youth, education

IP TAKE: Many Publix grants go to youth causes in the Southeast. Food banks are a huge cause with this funder too, especially after hurricanes and other natural disasters.

PROFILE: Publix is a grocery store chain that operates in the Southeast U.S. Publix Super Markets Charities is the company's philanthropic arm and is based in Lakeland, Florida. This foundation was established in 1966 by the supermarket’s founder, George W. Jenkins. The grocery store chain was founded on a people-centered culture, which translates to its philanthropy too.

The grantmaker’s areas of interest are hunger relief, youth, education, and alleviating homelessness. Geographically, the foundation supports groups in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. There are approximately 1,155 Publix store locations in the Southeast, with the largest numbers in Florida, followed by Georgia.  

Lately, a significant portion of the yearly funding budget has gone to hunger causes. Recently, the foundation committed $5 million to Feeding America food banks, with funds going to each of the states it operates in.

Nonprofit organizations in the Southeast can ask for support from Publix Super Markets Charities via online request. To be eligible, you must operate in or serve people in one of the Southeast states listed above. It takes about eight weeks for the foundation to review and process grant requests. Overall, this funder considers requests for donations, gift cards, sponsorships, giveaways, and program ads. It donates around $25 million to charitable groups each year.  

Publix commonly supports youth camps, food banks, educational opportunities, after-school enrichment activities, youth wellness programs, youth mentoring, and community outreach programs. The foundation also considers requests from school clubs and teams, as well as sponsorships for events.  However, it does not support for-profit businesses, booster clubs, PTAs, or nonprofits outside its seven-state operating area.

Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of the founder of Publix, led the Publix Super Markets Charities for many years. However, in June 2016, she stepped down after receiving an early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. All grant-related correspondence is done online and through the official request process.

Keep up with Publix' grants and interests through its news page.

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