Dwaine Stevens Discusses Publix's New Perishable Recovery Program
LAKELAND, FL - A newfound retail strategy is optimizing the produce department to make a difference in the community. Publix recently pulled back the curtain on its perishable recovery program, one of its latest initiatives aimed at alleviating hunger.
“At Publix, we believe our greatest opportunity to give back is by helping to alleviate food insecurity. That’s why we continue our efforts to ensure millions of pounds of food reach our neighbors in need in the communities we serve,” said Publix Director of Community Relations Dwaine Stevens.
According to Feeding America, 119 billion pounds of food is thrown out yearly—an equivalent of 130 billion meals going to waste.
In response to this pressing issue, Publix rolled out its perishable recovery program to provide nourishing meals for neighbors in need and limit food waste. As a press release noted, the program engages Publix associates in hunger alleviation efforts by having them gather perishable foods that are no longer salable but still safe for consumption and donate them to Feeding America partner food banks and other nonprofit organizations.
Products can be donated from across the produce department as well as the dairy, deli, and meat categories.
Publix has donated more than 800 million pounds of food to food banks through its charitable efforts, and adding perishable recovery only bolsters its contributions to the organization.
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