Publix presents a check for $100,000 to CAFB officials. (Photo: Contributed)

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank announced a $100,000 donation from Publix Super Markets Charities today.

The money was part of a $5 million pledge campaign from Publix Super Markets Charities to Feeding America, member food banks, schools and other nonprofit organizations, each with a focus on alleviating hunger across Publix’s operating area.

CAFB will use the funds to support their School Mobile Pantries program in Hamilton County. The program serves 740 families with children each month. Each pantry serves an average of 350 children, and each child receives about 40 pounds of food.

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“For more than 50 years, we have been nourishing the communities in which Publix operates,” Carol Jenkins Barnett, president of Publix Super Markets Charities, said in a prepared statement. “Through these efforts, we’ve supported early education programs and the plight of the hungry and homeless, recognizing the importance of education and proper nutrition.”

According to a news release from CAFB, one in four children does not know where his/her next meal is coming from.

In 2016, the food bank distributed over 16.3 million pounds of food and served 250,000 people weekly.

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