The United Way of Marion County recently was the beneficiary of a $30,000 donation from local Publix Super Markets.
The donation was part of the Tools for Back to School fundraiser held July 22 through Aug. 2. Typically held as a school supply item drive, this year’s fundraiser allowed Publix patrons to donate funds to support low-income families and students by providing tools and materials needed for back to school. This new style of fundraiser helped participants follow COVID-19 guidelines and protocols while still supporting the annual drive.
Publix was able to raise nearly $30,000 during the event, which equated to 1,500 gift cards valued at $20 each. The gift cards will be distributed to the United Way, which will then distribute them to nonprofits to aid underserved children in Marion County as they transition into a new school year.
“Publix Supermarkets has been an integral force directly impacting the way we improve lives and strengthen communities. We’re so very thankful for Publix’s contribution which will help our kids continue to foster the skills necessary to build a prosperous future,” said April Savarese, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County.
Publix, which is the United Way of Marion County’s largest supporter, donates more than $500,000 annually, providing over 28,288 direct services to Marion County residents.