Publix is United Way's #1 Global Donor for Second Year


NEW BERN NC, September 1, 2021 — For the second year in a row, Publix has been named United Way’s No. 1 Global Corporate Leader.

During the company’s most recent workplace campaign, Publix associates pledged $37.8 million to United Ways with Publix Super Market Charities committing an additional $24.5 million, bringing the total contribution to $62.3 million.

Locally, Publix associates in the New Bern and Emerald Isle stores donated a combined $65,736.00 to United Way of Coastal Carolina with Publix Super Market Charities adding an additional $29,630. “We are thankful for the support we receive from Publix.  Their contributions are changing lives in the Coastal Carolina area,” noted Sandra Phelps, UWCC Executive Director.

The total contribution is being distributed among the 109 local United Ways in Publix’s seven-state operating area of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The contributions will advance local United Way efforts to improve the health and wellness of individuals, early education and financial stability in the communities Publix serves.

“In a year that was challenging for so many, I’m proud of our associates for continuing to lead with giving hearts and supporting their neighbors in need,” said Publix CEO Todd Jones. “For more than 40 years, our associates have committed to building stronger communities through donations made during our annual United Way campaign, and this year was no exception. We’re honored to once again be recognized as United Way’s No. 1 Global Corporate Leader.”

"The support Publix provides United Way helps build stronger communities, and we are grateful for their generosity," according to a statement from United Way Worldwide. "The last year was incredibly challenging, and we want to recognize their critical support during an unprecedented time. Not only were Publix associates serving customers daily, but they also provided vaccinations, helping protect the most vulnerable. During it all, Publix associates gave back so generously to their local United Ways. We are honored to recognize Publix once again as our top corporate supporter."