United Way honors Publix with a top national award for community impact

11:01 AM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
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Toys For Tots, School Tools, storm relief efforts among chain's local highlights 

ATLANTA (May 10, 2012) - United Way Worldwide recognized Publix Super Markets, Inc. with two Summit awards for philanthropic engagement and community impact. Publix's 2011 United Way national campaign raised $45.6 million - a 12 percent increase over 2010 despite a challenging economy. Publix associates also volunteered 900,000 hours nationally, including more than 1,500 Publix associates serving on United Way and nonprofit boards. Locally, Publix runs the largest workplace fundraising campaign for United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, raising $5.9 million in 2011.

"Community service is a way of life for Publix and its associates," said Brian Gallagher, United Way Worldwide president and CEO. "Their incredible generosity and commitment to improving communities is an important part of their heritage. Together, we've been able to make a positive, lasting impact in countless people's lives."

Publix further leverages its 1,051 stores by communicating United Way on 220 million grocery bags, reaching 40 million customers. Publix also shares education messages with parents by featuring Born Learning education tips on store shelf signs and including in customer newsletters. In Atlanta, Publix is lead sponsor for the School Tools for Cool Kids campaign, which collected a record 179,380 school supplies for 14,700 underprivileged students in 2011. Publix's ongoing local support of the annual Toys For Tots campaign was pivotal in collecting 730,000 gifts for metro Atlanta children. When storms devastated parts of Alabama and Georgia recently, Publix associates mobilized to raise $447,000 in emergency funds for victims, volunteer and donate food, water and supplies through its Care Force program. Local Publix officials even called on Tide representatives to deliver cleaning supplies and machines to help with relief efforts.

"I am so proud to be a part of Publix," said Barney Barnett, Vice Chairman of Publix. "It's not just a supermarket - it's a group of kindhearted, energetic, effective people who are dedicated to doing the right thing, and who make our world better each and every day."

Publix ranks No. 1 on the Corporate Social Responsibility Index as determined by the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, plus Publix has been among Fortune's "Most Admired Companies" for 17 years.

The Spirit of America and Summit Awards program, celebrating its 25th year, is United Way's highest national honor for corporations, recognizing United Way Global Corporate Leaders with the most comprehensive commitments to strengthening communities.

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