Publix continues 27-year tradition of supporting children’s hospitals with coupon campaign

Publix Super Markets Inc. is inviting customers to “Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are” by donating to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, during the annual fundraising campaign running from May 31 through June 16. In exchange for a $1, $3 or $5 donation, Publix customers will receive up to $5.50, $10 or $20 off, respectively, from the following brands: Mars Petcare, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola, the Wrigley Company, Mars Chocolate, Georgia-Pacific, Frito-Lay, Oil-Dri, PepsiCo Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. 

This campaign marks the 27th anniversary of Publix supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 1992, Publix Super Markets’ associates and customers have raised more than $44 million for the nonprofit organization. In 2017, area Publix Super Markets raised more than $805,000 for UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

Money raised during the campaign will help the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital fund lifesaving pediatric medical equipment, transformational research within the UF College of Medicine’s department of pediatrics, and leisure and recreational efforts for patients, including the UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine program for the children who need it most.

“The local support from Publix Super Markets to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital throughout the years has been tremendous,” said Scott Rivkees, M.D., a professor and chair of the department of pediatrics.

“Community leaders like Publix have helped to further advancements in children’s health care thanks to their continued momentum during this campaign,’’ he said. “We commend Publix on the positive impact it has on our neighborhoods, and we look forward to the medical advances to come as a result of their monetary support.”

More than 1,200 Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia are participating in the fundraiser, benefitting 27 member hospitals.   

About UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is the premier academic children’s hospital in North Central Florida. As a recognized leader in pediatric medicine, it serves as a major destination for children from all over the United States and overseas who require specialized attention for complex medical problems. The dynamic University of Florida Health faculty is devoted to the best in patient care, research and education. UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a part of the Children’s Miracle Network’s alliance of premier hospitals for children.

 About Publix Super Markets Inc.

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 187,500 employees, with 2017 sales of $32.6 billion. Currently, Publix has more than 1,200 stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina. The company has been named one of Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” for 20 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business. For more information, visit the company’s website, http://corporate.publix.com/.

 About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and health care services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at www.CMNHospitals.org and www.facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

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