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 support 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. It seeks to “endeavor to meet the needs of the people in [the] community.” The supermarket’s founder, George W. Jenkins, established this foundation in 1966. The grocery store chain was founded on a people-centered culture, which also translates to its philanthropy. Publix’s funding priorities include hunger relief, youth, education, and alleviating homelessness.

Lately, a significant portion of the yearly funding budget supports hunger causes. The foundation also committed $5 million to Feeding America food banks, with funds supporting 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, grant seekers 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.

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. Keep up with Publix's grants and interests through its news page. All grant-related correspondence is done online and through the official request process.

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