COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Publix and United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley teamed up on Friday to donate additional school supplies to kids in need in the community.
Publix is a United Way Stuff The Bus sponsor, supporting the effort with their Tools for Back to School campaign.
Together, United Way and Publix provided school supplies for thousands of local children that need it most.
According to a media advisory from Publix Super Markets, customers and associates were encouraged to donate $5, $7, or $10 to be used to purchase school supplies for teachers, students, and non-profit organizations that assist children in need.
"The associates and customers made the Publix Tools for Back to School campaign a success," said Scott Ferguson, President & CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley. "Because the entire Publix team got behind this great project, the customers donated $24,000. Through these contributions, Publix was able to purchase enough supplies to equip children in United Way partner agency programs, Publix Partners in Education, as well as surrounding schools. It shows that Publix and their customers know Every1Counts. Thank you to those that gave and to the Publix team for making it all happen."
Publix was able to maximize donations through their BOGO (Buy One Get One) promotion, and the value of the items totaled nearly $50,000.
All local Publix stores participated in the campaign, and all school supplies from the stores were distributed to United Way partner agencies, Publix Partners in Education, and surrounding school districts at the Publix on Bradley Park Drive on Friday morning.
"We are pleased to be able to provide so many needed school supplies to kids in our area thanks to our customer's generosity," said Randy Burt, District Manager of Publix Super Markets. "The Tools for Back to School program is indicative of our customers and Publix giving back to our communities where it is needed most."