BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Publix Supermarkets is giving a total of $500,000 to food banks in Alabama.
The Florida-based grocery store chain recently announced the donations. They're part of $5 million Publix is giving to organizations across the Southeast in September. That's national Hunger Action Week.
Al.com reports that the grocery store's charity organization is donating $150,000 each to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama in Birmingham and Feeding the Gulf Coast in Theodore and $100,000 each to the Food Bank of North Alabama in Huntsville and the Montgomery Area Food Bank.
"Millions of people in the Southeast — many of them children and seniors — may not know where they will find their next meal. Together, we can help change that," said Kelly Williams-Puccio, executive director of Publix Super Markets Charities.
"We are proud to continue our commitment to feeding communities across the Southeast and offer dignity and nourishment to our neighbors in need," she said.
One in eight people across the country struggles with hunger, including more than 9 million in the Southeast, Publix executives said, citing federal data.