In honor of Publix founder George W. Jenkins on what would have been his 108th birthday, Publix Super Markets Charities announced a donation of $4 million to more than 80 non profit organization Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast. The donation will provide funding to build 40 new houses in 2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates whom Publix Charities currently funds.

This generous donation continues the Publix Charities commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing. The average price to sponsor a house is $77,000.

“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years later, we are continuing his legacy.”

Where possible, Publix Super Markets associates will participate in building the Habitat for Humanity houses in 2016 during the Publix Serves campaign—an opportunity for Publix associates to gather together to make an impactful difference in their communities. Publix will donate groceries to fill the pantries of the new homes Publix Charities sponsors.

Publix Charities began its support of Habitat for Humanity in 1989 with its first contribution to Habitat for Humanity of East Polk County (Winter Haven, Fla.). The foundation has continued its support, donating more than $1.1 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates in 2014. This year’s $4 million contribution to Habitat for Humanity affiliates is more than three times the amount previously given in any year.


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