Dairy farmers have had to dump out extra milk they can’t sell. So Publix grocery stores are now buying it from them and donating it to food banks.
The company’s press release said it will purchase fresh produce and milk from farmers impacted by the and donate the goods directly to Feeding America food banks that are in its “operating area.” During the first week of the initiative alone, some 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk is expected to be donated, the company said.
“As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs ofimpacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Todd Jones, Publix CEO. “In addition to providing much needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time.”
Also, Walmart just teamed up with Nextdoor on a program called “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” that makes it easier to see if anyone in your community needs help with a grocery run.