OCALA, Fla. (September 10, 2020) --- Publix Super Markets of Marion County hosted its annual Tools for Back to School fundraiser held July 22nd through August 2nd. 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 in 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.
Thanks to the generosity of the patrons and staff, Publix was able to raise nearly $30,000. Publix Supermarkets then issued 1,500 gift cards valued at $20 each to United Way of Marion County to be distributed to local nonprofits aiding underserved children in Marion County as they transition into a new school year.
April Savarese, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys and Girls Club stated that “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.”
Publix Super Market and Publix Super Market Charities is United Way of Marion County’s #1 supporter, donating over $500,000 annually which provides over 28,288 direct services to Marion County residents.
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The United Way of Marion County is a locally governed not-for-profit organization who works to create a thriving community where adults and children achieve their full potential with access to a solid education, good health, and financially stable households. We have been a Community Solutions partner for over 59 years as we collaborate with local businesses and other non-profits to create a positive and sustainable impact in our community. We strategically invest in effective programs and services that solve complex issues, bettering the community for all. For more information, please contact the United Way of Marion County at 352.732.9696 or visit www.uwmc.org
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