The Publix Food for Sharing drive is on now through March 26 at all Publix Super Markets in Southwest Florida.
Easter is March 27, and in the weeks leading up to the holiday, Publix offers donation cards for various levels of giving that customers may choose from. This offers an opportunity for them to continue showing they care by helping those who may not know where their next meal is coming from.
The cards show the different “recipe” of food items each level of giving will buy. The customer chooses a card and gives it to the cashier, where it will be scanned and the amount added to the total order.
The giving levels are Bronze, at $4.67; Silver, at $10.46; and Gold at $13.74. Each level has a different “recipe,” or combination of products from this list: Plumrose Ham, Starkist Tuna, fruit cocktail, peanut butter, grape jelly, green beans, rice, Dinty Moore Beef Stew, macaroni and cheese, Idahoan Mashed Potatoes, and fruit and grain bars.
Publix then sends the orders to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and other participating food banks across the chain’s operating area. The Harry Chapin Food Bank received 390,000 pounds of food in the Food for Sharing holiday drive held at Christmas 2015.
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food and grocery items for each donated dollar. The food bank serves 30,000 people per month. Half of those we serve are children and seniors. In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Harry Chapin Food Bank provided 18.4 million pounds of food, valued at about $31.3 million, to more than 150 partner agencies across five counties in Southwest Florida. This was the equivalent of about 15.3 million meals.
The food bank is an affiliate of Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and the nation’s largest hunger relief organization. The Harry Chapin Food Bank has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the national nonprofit watchdog organization, for six consecutive years. Learn more at harrychapinfoodbank.org.