Publix Partners With Produce For Kids® For 12th Annual Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign To Encourage Healthy Eating

Campaign to raise local funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

LAKELAND, FL (May 29, 2014) –Publix is once again partnering with Produce for Kids® for the 12th Annual Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for children’s organizations. The joint campaign, which begins May 29, will educate families on the benefits of healthy eating and raise money for Publix’s designated charity – local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®. Since 2002, Publixcustomers and associates have raised nearly $2.3 million for local children’s organizations.

To help increase its donation, shoppers are encouraged to add more produce to their grocery carts. All 12 participating fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a consumption-based donation to local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which provides comfort, treatment and hope to millions of sick kids.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Publix to educate families on healthy eating habits while improving the lives of children in our local communities,” said John Shuman, president of Produce for Kids. “This year is an important year for the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, as we expect to surpass the $2.3 million mark in total funds raised. This success wouldn’t be possible without the leadership of our valued retailers, including Publix.”

“We have partnered with Produce for Kids for more than a decade to help educate our customers about the importance of healthy eating,” said Maria Brous, media and community relations director for Publix. “The campaign not only provides resources to teach children how to make nutritious choices to develop strong and healthy bodies, but it also raises funds for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®.”

Throughout the campaign, signage will be featured in Publix produce departments, which will list all participating companies, as well as healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes. In-store materials also will encourage shoppers to visit for additional information on the campaign and to read healthy tips from real parents.

For the third year, Produce for Kids also will partner with Sprout®, the 24-hour preschool television channel. For more information, please visit or Produce for Kids Facebook page.

The following companies proudly support the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign and your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Bolthouse Farms® Juices & Smoothies; D’Arrigo Bros. of California – Andy Boy® Broccoli; Chiquita® Bananas; Fresh Express® Packaged Salads; Coast Tropical Mangoes; Crunch Pak® Sliced Apples; Del Monte Foods® – Fruit Naturals® Cups; J & D Produce, Inc. – Little Bear® Brand Vidalia® Sweet Onions; Minute Maid® Pure Squeezed Orange Juice; Shuman Produce – RealSweet® Vidalia® Onions; Ventura Foods – Marie’s® Dressings; Paramount Farms – Wonderful® Pistachios.

For more information about the Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, visit


Diane Hurd Produce for Kids 816.556.3144 [email protected]


About Produce for Kids®

Produce for Kids® is a philanthropically based organization that brings the produce industry together to educate consumers about healthy eating with fresh produce and raises funds for local children’s non-profit organizations. Since its creation in 2002 by Shuman Produce Inc., Produce for Kids has raised more than $4.8 million to benefit kids. To learn more about Produce for Kids and healthy eating, visit www.produceforkids.comFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

About Publix ®

Publix is privately owned and operated by its 167,000 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 the company’s website,

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 healthcare 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 and

About Sprout®

Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-6 and their parents and caregivers. Available in over 55 million homes with programming structured to follow the day of the child from morning to night, Sprout features original programming, including The Chica Show and Noodle and Doodle, a library of gold standard series, including Caillou and Sesame Street, and U.S. exclusives including Lazytown and Tree Fu Tom. Sprout’s hosted programming blocks, including The Sunny Side Up Show and The Good Night Show, serve as tools to guide parents as they help children prepare for their days and nights with activities, user generated content, stories, and more. Viewers are encouraged to submit artwork, birthday wishes, videos and more through, which has received over five million viewer interactions to-date. Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over 1.5 billion views. Sprout was fully acquired by NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment in November 2013.

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