Publix launches Tools for Back to School campaign

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 24, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Publix Supermarkets will offer its Tools for Back to School campaign, beginning Thursday through Aug. 13. 

Customers and associates are encouraged to stop by Publix in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet to donate $5, $7 or $10, which will be used to buy much-needed school supplies for local teachers, students and nonprofit organizations. 

“Our Tools for Back to School program grew out of the need to help students and teachers,” said Brenda Reid, Publix media and community relations manager. “Many families do not have the resources to purchase school supplies and often times teachers spend their own money to buy supplies for their students. That’s why this program is so important. It supports families and classroom teachers.” 

The United Way of Wilson County will distribute supplies donated at the Lebanon Publix. West Elementary School and Rutland Elementary School will distribute supplies donated at the Mt. Juliet Publix locations.

More than 1,000 Publix stores will have Tools for Back to School displays near the registers. The displays will include tear-off tickets valued at $5, $7 and $10. Customers may tear off a ticket and give it to the cashier when they check out. The amount on the ticket will be added to their grocery order.

Customers who donate will receive a specially designed reusable bag. The school supplies will be shipped in bulk to nonprofit organizations and schools. Items donated will include notebooks, crayons, color pencils, markers, No. 2 pencils, notebook paper, folders, scissors and glue. 

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 168,500 employees, with 2013 sales of $28.9 billion. Currently Publix has 1,077 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 17 consecutive years. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized as tops in the grocery business, most recently by an American Customer Satisfaction Index survey. For more information, visit corporate.publix.com.

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