Supermarket chain Publix is serving up a double-dose of generosity during the coronavirus pandemic — buying mass quantities of produce and milk from farmers to help alleviate lack of demand, and donating all of it food banks to help feed the hungry.
The Lakeland-based company has purchased 5 million pounds of fruits and vegetables as well as 350 gallons of milk from farmers across the Southeast, providing much-needed relief as demand for foodstuffs from farmers' largest customers has dried up significantly.
The food banks receiving these mass donations are using them to help families that are struggling during the economic shutdowns.
Publix CEO Todd Jones said in a statement:
"During these challenging times, we remain committed to working together to find the solutions that positively impact our communities in need. We are honored to continue our support of Feeding America member food banks and to purchase produce and milk from farmers across the Southeast. As the harvest season moves north, so is our initiative, expanding to support additional farmers and serve as many people as possible."