The company says that during the first week, they expect 150,000 pounds of produce and 43,500 gallons of milk will be donated and that they plan to keep up the pace.In addition to that, Publix Charities have also donated more than $2 million dollars to Feeding America’s member food banks. Publix is doing even more for the community as we enter another month of living with the coronavirus.In addition to providing jobs for community members and convenience shopping for seniors and first responders, the company released a statement saying that they will also begin purchasing the surplus milk and fresh produce from farms which will then be donated to local food banks:” As a food retailer, we have the unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the needs of families and farmers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic,” Publix CEO Todd Jones said. “In addition to providing much needed produce and milk to food banks, this initiative provides financial support to farmers during this challenging time.”
Facebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State shellfish managers have canceled the first two days (April 24 and 25) of a tentatively planned eight-day razor clam dig due to rising marine toxin levels. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will announce next week whether the rest of the dig, now scheduled to begin April 26, will go forward as planned. Recent tests have found toxin levels at all ocean beaches meet health standards, but the Washington Department of Health has asked for one more test to be sure, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW. “In the last few days, we’ve seen increasing levels of the algae that can cause domoic acid in ocean water,” Ayres said. “We just want to make sure razor clams are safe to eat before giving the green light on this dig.” Domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae, can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. The toxin has disrupted razor clam digs along Washington’s coast over the past two years.More information about domoic acid can be found on WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/domoic_acid.html.The department will announce the results of the upcoming toxin test early next week on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html. The proposed dig, along with morning low tides and beaches, is listed below:April 26, Wednesday, 7:09 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Twin Harbors, Long BeachApril 27, Thursday, 7:55 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 28, Friday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.8 feet, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachApril 29, Saturday, 9:32 a.m.; -1.7 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Long BeachApril 30, Sunday, 10:24 a.m.; -1.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, Long BeachMay 1, Monday, 11:20 a.m.; -0.8 feet; Long BeachAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2017-18 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.