ARLINGTON, Va., July 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- For an impressive fourth year in a row, Publix Super Markets is the number one March of Dimes corporate partner. The grocery giant donated more than $5.3 million in 2019 through their support of March for Babies, bringing their total contribution to the organization to $86 million over the past 24 years.
"Publix is a true champion for moms and babies and one of our most treasured and long-standing partners. We are thankful to have the support of dedicated Publix associates and customers to help us empower families with the knowledge and tools they need to have healthier pregnancies and healthy babies," says Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes.
Publix, based in Lakeland, Florida, with 1,221 retail stores in seven states -- Alabama (72), Florida (800), Georgia (187), North Carolina (43), South Carolina (60), Tennessee (45), and Virginia (14) -- has worked tirelessly alongside the March of Dimes as a champion for healthy families. Their annual in-store March for Babies campaign, which raises funds one dollar at time at the register, coupled with associate giving, has achieved remarkable results in support of healthy moms and strong babies.
"This incredible accomplishment was made possible by our generous customers and passionate associates. We are so proud of our more than 200,000 associates across our company who give of themselves every day in our stores and communities," says Maria Brous, Director of Media and Community Relations for Publix. "Our Publix family truly makes the difference, and without them, we wouldn't have been able to achieve this honor."
March for Babies takes place during the spring in nearly 400 communities nationwide. It is Publix's largest-grossing customer-facing campaign, and has the highest associate engagement, with thousands participating at March for Babies celebrations in their local communities.
Funds raised by Publix customers and associates directly support March of Dimes' mission to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Key activities to further this goal include: advocacy for pregnant women, babies children and families across the country; the launch of My NICU Baby™ app, providing free, easy- to-use information for all NICU families; education for families to improve the NICU experience through NICU Family Support® programs across the U.S. and March of Dimes Training Institute for health care professionals; and funding scientific research focused on understanding preterm labor and birth at our network of six Prematurity Research Centers in the U.S. and Europe.
Founded in 1930, Publix Super Markets is the largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain in the United States. Publix and our associates excel in community involvement, volunteerism and a commitment to our market areas and beyond. Publix's commitment to diversity has contributed to their success in being a great place to work and shop.
About March of Dimes
March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every baby can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we empower every mom and every family. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
SOURCE March of Dimes