Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) plans to donate $1.5 million to Feeding America, the nationwide hunger-relief charity, and 12 member food banks across Publix’s operating area. The donation will provide funding to assist transportation needs of the food banks.

This donation continues the foundation’s commitment to meeting basic needs of communities it serves. Food banks are in need of refrigerated trucks to transport perishable items that are donated by food retailers. To help meet this need, these 12 member food banks will each receive a $120,000 donation to acquire refrigerated trucks:

Alabama

•Bay Area Food Bank

Florida

•Feeding Tampa Bay

•Feeding Northeast Florida

•Feeding South Florida

•Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida

•Treasure Coast Food Bank

Georgia

•Atlanta Community Food Bank

North Carolina

•Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

South Carolina

•Harvest Hope Food Bank

•Lowcountry Food Bank

Tennessee

•Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee

•Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

The funding received by the 12 Feeding America member food banks will assist more than 4,800 agencies served by their programs.

According to the USDA, more than 48 million Americans live in food insecure households, this includes 15 million children. This means hunger is a reality for one in seven people living in the United States.

Feeding America also will receive a $60,000 contribution to be used toward its mission of feeding the hungry. Each $1 donated to Feeding America provides 11 meals. PSMC’s contribution will provide an additional 660,000 meals to individuals and families in need.

In related efforts, Publix Super Markets will donate a trailer-load of food to each of the 12 Feeding America food bank members, totaling more than $660,000. Each trailer donation will include 22 pallets of food items in high demand by food banks.

To learn more, go to www.publixcharities.org.