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Publix is nation’s largest March for Babies corporate partner

Maura Satchell

Maura Satchell

“For the first time in 30 years, there is a new number one national March for Babies corporate partner,” Dr. Jennifer Howse,  President of the March of Dimes announced at a recent March of Dimes conference.

“We congratulate Publix, their associates, and customers for this outstanding accomplishment,” Dr. Howse said. “Publix’s commitment to our goal of giving every baby a fighting chance has been unwavering for 21 years. The impact of this generous contribution to help fight premature birth, the leading cause of death among babies in the United States, is significant and substantial.”

Publix associates and customers raised $7.3 million this year, and in the 21-years since Publix became involved, contributions have totaled $65 million.

Since Publix joined the March of Dimes in 1995, there have been many breakthroughs for mothers and babies, including:

  • After years of March of Dimes advocacy, in 2008, all 50 states began to require screening of all newborns for 21 or more serious but treatable conditions immediately after birth
  • The March of Dimes has opened five Prematurity Research Centers, a network of centers pioneering a “team science” approach that brings together scientists from a wide array of fields to find the unknown causes of preterm birth.
  • In April 2016, the Food & Drug Administration approved voluntary fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid after years of petitioning by the March of Dimes. Hispanic women are about 20 percent more likely to have babies with serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube birth defects.

March for Babies is the March of Dimes largest fundraiser and America’s favorite walking event. It takes place during the last weekend of April in nearly 500 communities nationwide. March for Babies is sponsored nationally by the March of Dimes number one corporate supporter Kmart, and top sponsors Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, United Airlines, and Mission Pharmacal.


The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit

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