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TREASURE COAST -- Treasure Coast residents took to heart the meaning of Publix Food For All holiday season campaign, donating a record amount to help feed families in need. Treasure Coast Food Bank recently received a $155,000 grant from Publix Super Markets Miami Division, an increase of more than 50 percent from the previous year's donations.
"We are very humbled by the donation from Publix and from our neighbors on the Treasure Coast who took money from their own pockets during the holiday season and donated it to those who struggle to put food on their tables," said Treasure Coast Food Bank CEO Judy Cruz. "It's wonderful to receive the grant now as the summer season always brings more hunger with school meals coming to an end."
Collectively, Publix customers of the Miami division raised more than $1.65 million for community non-profit partners. The annual fundraiser appeared in stores from Nov. 11 to Dec. 24, 2012, and customers contributed by selecting a $1, $3, or $5 donation coupon at the register while paying for groceries.
"Once again, Publix customers and associates came together to make our holiday Food For All program an enormous success," said Maria Brous, Publix media and community relations director. "We are extremely proud to support over five dozen local and regional community non-profit organizations with the funds raised."
Treasure Coast Food Bank is the largest hunger relief agency on the Treasure Coast, providing millions of pounds of food to over 200 charitable organizations in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties serving those in need. In addition to food distribution, Treasure Coast Food Bank provides numerous programs that not only solve the immediate problems of hunger, but help individuals and families gain long-term food security.
For more information on Treasure Coast Food Bank, call (772) 489-3034 or log on to www.stophunger.org.