Birmingham AL, September 1, 2020 — Community Food Bank of Central Alabama today announced it received a $130,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities to help offset the costs of the joint COVID relief efforts by the Community Food Bank and its agencies. The Community Food Bank directly received $65,000 of that, which will specifically help fund a new refrigeration area, something that will help expand their storage capacity and in turn, feed more people. Each month, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama serves 80,000 children, seniors, veterans, and neighbors facing food insecurity across 12 counties.
Community Food Bank of Central Alabama has seen a 30-40% increase in the need for food support in the 12 counties they serve since the coronavirus pandemic began, and Publix Charities’ donation will help increase capacity and meet this elevated need. Publix Charities has given a total of $785,000 to Community Food Bank of Central Alabama since 2014.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generous grant provided by Publix Super Markets Charities. This will help us purchase more food and equipment to meet the growing need in our community. We are also so thankful for Publix’s ongoing support of our food recovery program and continued donations of nutritious foods to help feed our neighbors across Central Alabama,” said Brett Meredith, CEO of the Community Food Bank.
Additionally, as the impact of the pandemic took shape, many produce and dairy farmers around the Southeast saw their buying partners dry up and found themselves dumping or plowing over product they could no longer sell. Meanwhile, food banks throughout the region were experiencing substantial increases in need. To bridge the gap, Publix implemented a program to purchase surplus produce and milk from farmers and deliver it directly to food banks. Since then, Publix has purchased and delivered more than 11 million pounds of produce and 500,000 gallons of milk to Feeding America member food banks throughout the Southeast, including 140,384 million pounds of produce and 7,920 gallons of milk to Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.
“It has been our privilege to support hunger relief throughout the Southeast for many years now, and this work has never been more important,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and to alleviate hunger in the communities we serve and bring hope to those who need it most during these uncertain times.”
The $130,000 donation from Publix Charities to Community Food Bank of Central Alabama Bank is one of several donations made this year to help provide food and other essential support to those hit hardest by the pandemic. In all, Publix Charities has donated $5 million to Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit partners in 2020.