LAKELAND, FLA. - Publix announced a second donation of $1 million to Feeding America member foodbanks and dedicated store hours for first responders and health care workers this week. 

The $1 million donation will support food pantries and meal programs in communities surrounded by Publix stores, and brings the retailer’s total donations to the organization amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to $2 million.   

“As we continue to see an increase in the number of people facing food insecurity during this pandemic, we are grateful to Publix Super Markets Charities for this additional contribution in support of Feeding America member food banks,” said Todd Jones, chief executive officer of Publix. “This donation will provide meals and essential supplies to our neighbors and continues to support our ongoing commitment to alleviating hunger in the communities we serve.” 

Publix has also dedicated Thursday evenings from 8 – 9 p.m. and Friday morning from 7 - 8 a.m. as a special shopping hour of first responders and hospital staff until further notice.