Publix Collects Funds For American Red Cross Disaster Relief

LAKELAND, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today Publix Super Markets established a program to offer its customers
and associates a way to directly assist those areas in the Carolinas
affected by recent severe weather. Customers may donate any amount by
adding it to their grocery totals when checking out at Publix registers.
Collected money will be channeled through the American Red Cross for
disaster relief. The program will continue for a few weeks, based on
customer response.

In related efforts, the Bahamas was recently affected by Hurricane
Joaquin. The Bahamas Red Cross Society fully activated their Emergency
Operations Centre and is coordinating closely with the Government’s
National Emergency Operations Centre (NEMO). The American Red Cross is
monitoring these efforts, and the Red Cross Pan-American Disaster Relief
Unit continues to provide support to the Bahamas Red Cross.

“Our customers and associates have trusted Publix to react quickly and
help those affected by tragic circumstances,” said Maria Brous, director
of media and community relations. “The catastrophic flooding has
impacted our immediate operating area, and we are looking to provide
assistance to our neighbors and to the communities we serve. In
addition, Hurricane Joaquin left behind devastation to the Bahamas,
which also hits close to home as we have many associates and their
families from the islands. We continue to monitor the situation in the
Bahamas with the American Red Cross and wait to hear if an appeal for
assistance is requested.”

Publix is also coordinating truck load donations of water and
shelf-stable food with the South Carolina Emergency Management Division
as well as other nonprofit organizations.

In a separate donation, Publix Super Markets Charities is donating
$100,000 to American Red Cross for relief efforts in the impacted areas.

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,


Maria Brous, 863-680-5339