ATLANTA (WTVM) – A popular grocery-store chain is reaching out to their surrounding communities ahead of back-to-school season.
Publix announced on Monday their "Tools for Back to School" campaign, to begin Thursday, July 23 through Wednesday, Aug. 12, with the proceeds used to purchase much needed school supplies for local teachers, students and non-profit organizations assisting under-served children.
"Our Tools for Back to School program grew out of the need to help students and teachers," said Brenda Reid, Publix media and community relations manager, in a press release. "Many families do not have the resources to purchase school supplies and many teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for their students. That's why this program is so important. It supports families and classroom teachers."
More than 1,100 Publix stores will have a Tools for Back to School display near the front of the store. The display will include tear-off tickets valued at $5, $7 and $10.
Customers may tear off a ticket and give it to the cashier when they check out. The amount on the ticket will be added to their grocery order, and customers who donate will receive a Publix reusable bag.
The school supplies will be shipped in bulk to nonprofit organizations and schools. Items donated will include notebooks, crayons, color pencils, markers, no. 2 pencils, notebook paper, folders, scissors, and glue.
Local stores in Columbus will be participating, with proceeds going to the Chattahoochee Valley United Way; stores in Opelika will be donating proceeds to the United Way of Lee County (Auburn). Stores in LaGrange will be also be accepting donations, with proceeds going to Whitesville Road Elementary.
For more information, visit the company's website, corporate.publix.com.