Brenda Reid, Media and Community Relations Manager, Publix Super Markets
Publix Super Markets
Our mission is to be the premier quality food retailer in the world. Passionately focused on customer value, we are intolerant of waste; dedicated to the dignity, value and employment security of our associates; devoted to the highest standards of stewardship for our stockholders; and involved as responsible citizens in our communities. We strive to provide the best possible shopping experience for our customers.
Greatest contribution Publix makes to Middle Georgia.
Our five stores and secure employment for our associates who serve our customers in the area is our greatest contribution. In addition to our stores, Publix supports programs focused on hunger, homelessness, youth and education. We partner with local schools, youth programs like Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and United Way. We also support feeding programs such as Macon Outreach and the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.
Why education is such a powerful, life-changing tool.
Life can be very difficult. Not everyone can afford to go to college or technical school. Many of our associates are students working their way through school. Education can open doors and help people fulfill their dreams of owning their own home, pursuing a career or starting their own business.
My hope for Education Together.
Education Together can help keep a student in college so he or she can graduate. It can take the load off parents who are struggling to make ends meet. And Education Together can create valuable dialogue in the community about positive things our young people are doing to get ahead. It can also bring to light that while Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship is a great resource, more money is needed to help students graduate.
How I will define the success of Education Together.
Success comes when the first graduates that received scholarships walk across the stage to get their degree or certification and head off to work for their first real job in their field. That’s when you know you’ve changed someone’s life. Hopefully, Education Together will increase the number of students it helps year after year so more students will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.
For more information about the scholarship, including how to apply, click here.