Distributors for commercial food canceled their contracts for deliveries because Americans are staying at home. This leaves farmers across the U.S. with no one to buy their crops, leaving their products to waste.
However, instead of all that food going to waste, Publix has another plan. They thought of a way to save the farmers and their food and still let the situation benefit Americans. They plan on buying out all of the products and milk from the farmers and donate all of it to Feeding America.
With more than 1,000 grocery stores in the southeast, Publix is working on donating more than 150,000 pounds of produce and about 44,000 gallons of milk to food banks such as Feeding America.
Publix made a press release, stating that they have a great opportunity to impact the needs of farmers and families which were left devastated with the coronavirus.
Todd Jones, the CEO of Publix, added that in an uncertain time such as this, the company is thankful to have the opportunity to give aid to Florida’s farmers as well as the southeastern dairies and communities.
Joe Wright, the president of Southeast Milk Inc. made a press release, stating that they are excited about the initiative taken by Publix to buy all of the excess milk from them and donate it to food banks.
He added that the situation is:
“a win-win for our farmers who are feeling the impact of decreased demand and the families who are in need of nutrient-rich milk during this pandemic.”