SOUTHWEST Fla. --- Publix Supermarket donates $90,000 dollars to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida.
The money was raised as a part of Publix's fundraising campaign, Food For All, held throughout the Southeastern United States.
Publix shoppers and store associates purchased donation coupons ranging from $1 to $5 to support programs designed to fight hunger and promote self-sufficiency in the community.
"Each year we look forward to the Food For All campaign and want to thank all of the Publix customers and associates for their participation and generosity," said Brian West, Publix media and community relations manager, Lakeland division. "The 2017 campaign theme was 'Give Hope' and I believe that given this year's campaign success, it did just that.
The Publix campaign collected more than $5.8 million dollars throughout the Southeast for Food For All.
"The generosity of Publix and its customers ensures that the working-poor families, children, and seniors who go hungry in our community have a place to turn for food when they most need it," said Miriam Pereira, the food bank director of development for Harry Chapin.
The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida.
The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and othes in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.