Are you familiar with our Publix mission statement? At Publix, we are intolerant of waste and involved as responsible citizens in our community. By establishing our Perishable Recovery Program, we’re able to stay connected to our local communities and area food banks. In 2007, Publix started our in-store perishable recovery program. This program began with the Feeding America network of food banks. The fresh departments across our stores, including deli, meat, produce and dairy, gather perishable, wholesome foods that are safe for consumption but unsalable, and donate them to member food banks. In 2010, this program was launched company wide. To date, Publix has donated more than 525 million pounds of perishable food and more than 400 million meals to food banks through the Perishable Recovery Program.

03_MJL_PerishableDonations_BodyImage_1Our founder, George Jenkins, believed in giving. From the day he opened his first Publix store, he made sure associates, customers and communities were taken care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the foundation with the vision it would continue giving long after he was gone. To this day, the Publix Super Markets Charities foundation remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates.

“As a food retailer, our single biggest opportunity to give back is in alleviating hunger,” said Maria Brous, Publix Director of Corporate Communications. “Our Perishable Recovery Program is just one example of our associates’ commitment to make our communities a better place. By donating much needed wholesome foods, we’re helping our local food banks, schools and nonprofit organizations meet the needs of children and families in our communities.”

Y03_MJL_PerishableDonations_BodyImage_2ou can find more information about Publix Super Markets Charities’ support for food banks, and read one family’s inspiring story here.

Donations from partners like Publix help community food banks work to end hunger. Second Harvest’s Grocery Alliance Program is an organization that supports more than 550 nonprofit feeding programs – such as soup kitchens, shelters and emergency food pantries. The program collects items that might normally go to waste and puts them in the hands of people who need them. In 2015, this program provided more than 18 million meals to those in need.


Due to these efforts, Feeding America named Publix a Visionary Partner in 2015. What are some activities your family enjoys doing while giving back to the community?

Matthew L.

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Matthew started with Publix in 2009. After working his way up to a Publix Manager, Matthew decided to make a change from retail and pursue his passion for writing. Matthew enjoys hearing stories from the people he's writing about and loves the Publix culture. Outside of work, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife, son and their dog. They love to explore all that Central Florida has to offer.

3 Comments on “Perishable Donations in Our Communities

  1. Avataralice

    Its wonderful that Publix is such a strong supporter of food banks and community feeding programs. Sadly there is still an enormous amount of food wasted which could be donated but is not due to misconceptions regarding risk of lawsuits. There are laws to protect organizations against claims of food making someone sick.

    It doesn’t take much effort and there are plenty of organizations willing to pick up the good food which is otherwise needlessly dumped in the garbage. Please reconsider, there are so many people in need. The public relations and tax benefits will surely offset any additional incurred.

    1. Karleigh W.Karleigh W.

      Hi Alice. We donate wholesome foods, such as such as eggs, Publix milk, turkey and chicken from the meat department, ground beef, grab-and-go options from the deli, bagged salads, fruits and vegetables, etc. through our perishable recovery program when they are past their sell dates. There are many regulations and requirements that we have to follow when it comes to the disposal of perishable items. We have established donation procedures to allow us to donate perishable and nonperishable items whenever possible through our primary partner, Feeding America, and their affiliated agencies. We have strict regulations on our perishable items to ensure that those with compromised immune systems aren’t receiving foods that would place them more at risk. Many items such as select meats and produce (specifically sprouts, juices, etc.), seafood, and cultured products have higher bacterial counts and are therefore excluded from our perishable recovery program. In addition, we work with animal rescues and wildlife sanctuaries to donate perishable items for their animals whenever possible. I will share your feedback with our teams.

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