JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you see a surge of volunteers serving in your community this Friday, April 17, there's a celebration behind the special call to action.
In honor of Publix Super Markets' 85th anniversary, hundreds of Publix associates will be participating in community activities across our region, as well as the six states in which Publix operates.
Publix is designating April 17, 2015, as Publix Serves Day-- a day to give back to the communities the supermarket chain serves.
A company spokesperson tells us late Publix founder George Jenkins was a giving person and believed in supporting the community.
"Giving back is a part of the Publix culture and mission statement of being involved as responsible citizens in our communities," explains Dwaine Stevens, media and community relations manager for Publix's Jacksonville division.
On Friday, Publix volunteers will help organizations focused on youth, education, hunger, and homelessness. Projects will include beautification efforts, feeding those in need, backpack programs and more.
The company is also hoping its efforts will encourage others in the community to give back as well.