The pledge will support the Publix food recovery program, through which the supermarket chain provides products that are edible but no longer salable to more than a hundred Feeding America member food banks and other nonprofit organizations. Since 2009, the company has donated more than $2 billion in dairy and deli products, produce, and fresh-baked goods.
Publix has more than twelve hundred stores in seven states in the Southeast. According to Feeding America, nine million Americans in the region do not have enough to eat.
"You can't always see hunger, but it is all around us," said Publix CEO Todd Jones. "As a food retailer, our greatest opportunity to give back is by helping to alleviate food insecurity. That's why for more than a decade we have worked to ensure millions of pounds of food have reached people in need in the communities we serve."