Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity is grateful to be one of 40 Habitat affiliates selected to receive funding for a new home build in 2016. Publix Super Markets Charities (PSMC) announced on September 29 that it would donate $4 million to Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Southeast. The donation will provide funding to build 40 new houses in 2016 as well as increase support to more than 60 affiliates whom the Foundation currently funds.
This generous donation continues the Foundation’s commitment to meeting the basic needs of the communities it serves through additional financial support for housing. Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities, said, “Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table. My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Forty-nine years later, we are continuing his legacy. As we honor my father’s memory and celebrate what would have been his 108th birthday today, we are delighted to continue our 26-year partnership with Habitat for Humanity by giving $4 million to Habitat affiliates across Publix’s footprint.”
Amy Schutz, Executive Director and COO of Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity, said, “Publix not only offers great customer service to everyone who walks through their door, but they also serve the community. They work with multiple non-profits within the area to benefit the community they live and work." Publix Super Markets associates will invest the sweat equity, where possible, in building the Habitat for Humanity houses during its Publix Serves campaign. Publix Serves was established as a way for Publix associates across the company to gather together to make an impactful difference in the communities they serve. Publix will also donate groceries to fill the pantries of the homes.