October 12, 2015
Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced today that it would donate $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast to build homes for families. In total 40 new houses will be built in Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee with increased support to more than 60 affiliates in those states the Foundation currently funds. Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury (HFHWM) was one of the few Habitat affiliates chosen to receive part of this generous gift. The $70,000 donation will fund 1 of 11 HFHWM’s home builds in 2016.
“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years later, we are continuing his legacy. As we honor my father’s memory and celebrate what would have been his 108th birthday today, we are delighted to continue our 26-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity by giving $4 million to Habitat affiliates across Publix’s footprint.”
“Habitat for Humanity is about creating partnerships between families, communities, sponsors and volunteers,” explains Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury’s Executive Director Becket Moore. “We are honored to share with Publix Super Markets Charities these same values. With every home build we reach more hearts and hands, providing hopeful futures and solid foundations for families in Williamson and Maury Counties. We can’t thank Publix enough for their philanthropic spirit and generosity.”
PSMC began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, Fla.). The Foundation has continued its support of Habitat for Humanity, donating more than $1.1 million to Habitat affiliates in 2014. This year’s $4 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity affiliates is over three times the amount previously given in any year and will support more than 80 Habitat affiliates across the Southeast.
George Jenkins, founder of Publix Super Markets and affectionately known as “Mr. George” believed in giving. From the day he opened his first Publix, he made sure his associates, customers and community were taken care of. In 1966, Mr. George established the Foundation with the vision that it would continue giving long after he was gone. Under the leadership of Carol Jenkins Barnett, Mr. George’s daughter, Publix Super Markets Charities remains committed to serving the communities in which Publix operates.