Orlando, Florida (PRWEB) September 19, 2016
On Sept. 15, Produce for Kids and Publix launched an in-store and digital campaign to educate families on the benefits of healthy eating while raising funds for local Feeding America® member food banks during Hunger Action MonthTM. Shoppers can access money-saving coupons, nutrition tips, more than 250 registered dietitian-approved recipes, and healthy eating ideas from produceforkids.com/publix.
According to the USDA, more than 48 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 15.3 million children. People who struggle with food insecurity are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Publix again this year to advocate the importance of healthy eating while helping to support areas affected by food insecurity in the Publix market area,” said John Shuman, president of Produce for Kids. “Shoppers can look for the Produce for Kids and Feeding America logo next to our partners’ items in the produce department to make a difference.”
Eight participating fresh fruit and vegetable companies will support the Produce for Kids campaign, which will run through Oct. 26. Publix shoppers are encouraged to support these brands by eating more nutritious fruits and vegetables. Fresh produce coupons totaling more than $4 can be found at produceforkids.com/publix.
“Through our Produce for Kids partnership we have raised more than $2.7 million for organizations that support children and families in our Publix footprint,” said Maria Brous, media and community relations director for Publix. “We strive to educate our customers about the importance of beginning healthy eating habits early. This campaign provides resources that introduce fresh fruits and vegetables to families.”
The following companies proudly support the Produce for Kids campaign and raise funds for local Feeding America food bank programs: Avocados from Mexico; Crunch Pak® Sliced Apples; Del Monte Foods® Fruit Naturals® Cups; Eat Smart® Fresh Cut Vegetables; Fresh Express® Packaged Salads; Michigan Apples; Suja® Juice; and Marie’s® Dressings.
The campaign will raise funds for local Feeding America food banks, including: Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, Bay Area Food Bank, Montgomery Area Food Bank, Inc., Food Bank of North Alabama, Feeding South Florida, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, Feeding America Tampa Bay, America’s Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc., Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida, All Faiths Food Bank, Treasure Coast Food Bank, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Golden Harvest Food Bank, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Inc., Feeding the Valley Food Bank, Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, Second Harvest of South Georgia, Inc., Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, Harvest Hope Food Bank, Lowcountry Food Bank, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
Please visit http://www.produceforkids.com/publix for more information.
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*Each $1 donated to Feeding America during the 2015 campaign provided 11 meals. Produce for Kids and Publix secured $206,845 (2,275,295 meals) through the overall campaign period of March 1, 2015 to February 28, 2016.
About Produce for Kids®
Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raise funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $5.7 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit http://www.produceforkids.com, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.
Publix is privately owned and operated by its 184,500 employees, with 2015 sales of $32.4 billion. Currently Publix has 1,128 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 19 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, corporate.publix.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.