Publix Super Markets, Inc. Honored by United Way Worldwide for Tremendous Community Impact


From left: Carol Jenkins Barnett, Chairman and President of Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.; Brian Gallagher, UWW President and CEO; and Barney Barnett, Publix Vice Chairman

Publix Super Markets, Inc., consistently a major contributor to Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW), was recently honored by United Way Worldwide (UWW) for the huge impact it is having in communities across five Southeastern states. 

In recognition of the astounding $45.6 million it donated to numerous United Way organizations last year, Publix received two Summit awards for philanthropic engagement and community impact at the recent UWW Community Leaders Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.

The company was also honored for more than 900,000 hours of volunteer service donated by its associates, including 1,500 who serve on boards for United Way and other nonprofit organizations.

“Community service is a way of life for Publix and its associates,” said UWW President and CEO Brian Gallagher.  “Their incredible generosity and commitment to improving communities is an important part of their heritage. Together, we’ve been able to make a positive, lasting impact in countless people’s lives.”

Here in Central Florida, Publix was honored last month as a United Way Million Dollar Champion during the LIVE UNITED Celebration, which marked the successful end of the 2011-2012 workplace campaign. In addition to its campaign contribution of $2.6 million – a 12.4 percent increase over the previous year ‒ hundreds of Publix associates also participated in United Way Days of Caring, the United Way Loaned Executive program and other efforts.

Along with Publix, several other generous  HFUW partners received UWW Summit awards, including Bank of America, Deloitte and Wells Fargo.

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