Publix Super Markets Charities Donates $4 Million to Habitat for Humanity Affiliates

LAKELAND, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it would
donate $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the
Southeast. The donation will provide funding to build 40 new houses in
2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates whom the
Foundation currently funds.

This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting
the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional
financial support for housing. The average price to sponsor a house is

“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads
and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett president of Publix
Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966
with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years
later, we are continuing his legacy. As we honor my father’s memory and
celebrate what would have been his 108th birthday today, we
are delighted to continue our 26-year partnership with Habitat for
Humanity by giving $4 million to Habitat affiliates across Publix’s

The Habitat for Humanity affiliates who will be receiving funding for
new houses include:


  • Habitat for Humanity of Baldwin County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama
  • Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity


  • Beaches Habitat for Humanity
  • Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Broward
  • Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
  • Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami
  • Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville
  • Habitat for Humanity of Key West and Lower Florida Keys
  • Habitat for Humanity of Martin County
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Middle Keys
  • Habitat for Humanity of Okaloosa County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
  • Habitat for Humanity of St Lucie County
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys
  • Habitat for Humanity of Walton County
  • Lakeland Habitat for Humanity
  • Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
  • Southeast Volusia Habitat for Humanity


  • Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta
  • Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia
  • Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity

North Carolina

  • Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte

South Carolina

  • Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
  • Charleston Habitat for Humanity
  • Dorchester Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity of Anderson
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
  • Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg
  • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity


  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville – Dickson Division
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville – Wilson Division
  • Habitat for Humanity – Williamson-Maury
  • Knoxville Habitat for Humanity

“Publix Super Markets Charities and Publix have been strong supporters
of our local Habitat and the entire Lakeland community,” said Claire
Twomey CEO Lakeland Habitat for Humanity. “It’s difficult to imagine how
differently our community would look without the generosity of Mr.
George and the great company he started. This significant donation of $4
million by the Foundation to Habitat affiliates will provide new homes
to more than 200 low-income people and provide essential funding for our
work across Publix’s operating areas.”

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.

George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known
as “Mr. George” believed in giving. From the day he opened his first
Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken
care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision
that it would continue giving long after he was gone. Under the
leadership of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Mr. George’s daughter, Publix Super
Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which
Publix operates.

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, 863-680-533