Publix Donates $10,000 to Charlotte County Homeless

Posted by Mark Martella on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 @ 1:15 PM

I have been involved with the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition for over five years. While the Coalition could not fulfill its mission to prevent hunger and homelessness in Charlotte County without the contributions of the business community, one business continuously goes above and beyond in its support, specifically, Publix Supermarkets. First, on a daily basis, they donate hundreds of pounds of food that is used in the kitchen and distributed to families through the pantry.

However, this past month I received an e-mail from our executive director, Angela Hogan, to come to the Coalition for a presentation to be made by Publix. None of us on the Board, including Angela, had any idea what the presentation was for. However, at the time of the presentation we were shocked to receive a $10,000 check from Publix. This was a completely unexpected surprise and is a reflection of the generosity of Publix employees and its customers who donated funds at check out or from their paycheck. I would also like to convey a special thanks to Bret Tessier of Publix for advocating for the Coalition with Publix to have these funds donated to the Coalition. As a Publix customer myself, it is always encouraging to know when a local business gives back to the community in which you live.

If you would like to learn more about the Coalition or make a donation of food or money, please visit the Coalition’s website at

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