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Publix Super Markets Charities to Build Houses and Foster Hope
April Timko
Friday, December 8, 2017
LAKELAND, Fla., Dec. 7, 2017 -- Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC)
announced today that it would donate $5 million to more than 125 Habitat for
Humanity affiliates, including those impacted by Hurricane Irma, and over 30
shelters and other nonprofit organizations across the Southeast.
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity will receive $45,000 that will sponsor the
construction of a house to be built in 2018.
This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the
basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support
for housing, transitional support and client service programs.
“No individual or family should have to worry about the basic needs of food
or shelter,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Markets
Charities. “I am honored our Foundation is continuing my father’s legacy
of supporting the communities Publix serves. And I am so proud of our Publix
associates for giving their time and talents to building houses and providing
hope to those in need.”
The 38 Habitat for Humanity affiliates that will be receiving funding for 40
new houses include:
•Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity
•Habitat for Humanity of Coffee County, Alabama
•Habitat for Humanity of Madison County
•Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity
•Charlotte County Habitat for Humanity
•Habitat for Humanity of Broward (2)
•Habitat for Humanity of Collier County
•Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami (2)
•Habitat for Humanity of Hernando County
•Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County
•Habitat for Humanity of Indian River County
•Habitat for Humanity of Jacksonville (Habijax)
•Habitat for Humanity of Lake City/Columbia County
•Habitat for Humanity of Marion County
•Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County
•Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County
•Habitat for Humanity of South Palm Beach County
•Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
•Habitat for Humanity of the Upper Keys
•Highlands County Habitat for Humanity
•Lakeland Habitat for Humanity
•Nassau Habitat for Humanity
•Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
•Augusta, Central Savannah River Area Habitat for Humanity
•Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity
•Columbus Area Habitat for Humanity
•Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia
•Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Metro Atlanta
•Houston County Habitat for Humanity
•Gwinnett County Habitat for Humanity
North Carolina
•Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
•Habitat for Humanity of Wake County
South Carolina
•Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity
•Charleston Habitat for Humanity
•Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County
•Habitat for Humanity of Horry County
•Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
•Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity
“Publix and Publix Charities set a very high bar for community
engagement,” said Mario Artecona, CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Greater
Miami. “Their support is consistent  and steadfast. Not only are they
incredibly generous, but their associates volunteer with a contagious
enthusiasm — be it during regular construction or hurricane recovery, and
anything in between. They never fail to be front and center addressing the
needs of the community.”
In related efforts, to help truly make each new house sponsored by PSMC a
home, Publix Super Markets will greet the new homeowners with fully stocked
PSMC began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first
contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven,
Florida). The Foundation has continued its support of Habitat for Humanity
affiliates, and other nonprofits that serve the plight of the hungry and
homeless. Earlier this year, PSMC made another $5 million donation to Feeding
America member food banks, schools and other nonprofits focused on
alleviating hunger across the company’s operating area. To learn more about
the Foundation’s efforts, please visit publix.com/hope or
   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.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its more than 190,000 employees,
with 2016 sales of $34 billion. Currently Publix has 1,164 stores in Florida,
Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The
company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in
America for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to
superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the
grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website,
About Knoxville Habitat for Humanity
Knoxville Habitat for Humanity is an independent, non-profit, Christian
housing ministry that partners with people of all beliefs. Knoxville Habitat
has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1985 and
builds decent and affordable homes in partnership with people in need.
Families are very much invested in the process of buying their new homes, and
they pay mortgages like anyone with a traditional home loan. In addition to
their mortgage, each family must contribute 500 hours of sweat equity as a
down payment before they can move in, most of which are spent in classes
learning how to budget and become a responsible homeowner. Volunteers and
future homeowners provide the labor in building the homes, while
tax-deductible donations of money, land and materials are provided by
individuals, organizations and corporations. Knoxville Habitat has built more
than 550 homes in Knox County. For more information or to donate, visit


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