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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $4 Million to
Habitat for Humanity Affiliates
LAKELAND, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) – Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it would donate $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax) is one of 40 affiliates across the Southeast to receive funds for a full house sponsorship. Publix will also increase support to the more than 60 affiliates whom the foundation currently funds.
“We are so grateful to Publix Super Markets Charities for their support of affordable homeownership throughout the Southeast, and especially to HabiJax,” said Mary Kay O’Rourke, president and CEO of HabiJax. “Our work has been extremely rewarding and we are so thrilled that organizations like Publix are joining us in supporting the revitalization efforts underway in the New Town neighborhood.”
In related efforts, Publix Super Markets associates will invest the sweat equity, where possible, in building the Habitat for Humanity houses in 2016 during its Publix Serves campaign. Publix Serves was established as a way for Publix associates across the company to gather together to make an impactful difference in the communities they serve. Publix will donate groceries to fill the pantries of the new homes being sponsored by PSMC.
“Publix associates are the best in the industry,” said Maria Brous, Publix director of media and community relations. “Our associates serve our customers with stellar customer service, and serve their communities generously by giving of their time and talents to support many nonprofit organizations. Our associates are always there to give of themselves when our communities are in need. Giving back is what we do. It is our culture of service.”
PSMC began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, Fla.). The Foundation has continued its support of Habitat for Humanity, donating more than $1.1 million to Habitat affiliates in 2014. This year’s $4 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity affiliates is over three times the amount previously given in any year and will support more than 80 Habitat affiliates across the Southeast.
About Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, Inc. (HabiJax)
Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville, also known as HabiJax, was founded in 1988 and has become the largest non-profit affordable housing provider in Duval County, helping improve urban core neighborhoods in Jacksonville, including New Town.
HabiJax is one of the most successful Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the United States, having provided homeownership opportunities and other housing services to more than 2,000 families. In addition, HabiJax is an advocate for affordable housing, fair housing policies and economic development and provides workshops and other trainings to help families improve their opportunities for wealth building.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 176,500 employees, with 2014 sales of $30.6 billion. Currently Publix has 1,103 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 18 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com
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