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Publix Lends Support to Flood and Tornado Relief

ATLANTA, Ga., May 5, 2010 – Publix Super Markets has established a program to offer customers a way to assist those affected by the devastating floods and tornados in Alabama and Tennessee. Customers may donate at the register to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund at Publix stores throughout Tennessee, and most of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The customer donation program will continue for a few weeks, based on customer response.

In related efforts, Nashville-area Publix stores will be collecting nonperishable items for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Nashville. The food bags will be distributed to shelters servicing the impacted communities. The company is also coordinating efforts with Feed the Children for a donation of approximately $25,000 in shelf-stable items.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who have lost loved ones, homes and personal belongings as a result of this disaster,” said Brenda Reid, media and community relations manager for Publix. “We would also like to take a moment to recognize our associates who are working hard everyday to make sure that their Publix is open and able to provide the products and services our customers need and want."

Currently, all Publix locations are open and serving their surrounding communities.

In a separate donation, Publix Super Markets Charities has made a donation of $100,000 to The American Red Cross for relief efforts in Alabama and Tennessee.