June 17, 2015

United Fresh donates more than 39,000 pounds of produce

United Fresh donated 39,019 pounds of produce and 207 pounds of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the conclusion of the United Fresh 2015 annual convention and expo in Chicago last week.

Volunteers helped collect donations from the convention floor to benefit those in need serviced by Greater Chicago Food Depository partner agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, and other emergency feeding centers.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. This year’s total donation of 39,226 pounds continues a United Fresh tradition of supporting the Feeding America network after the annual convention.

“The generosity of the United Fresh Produce Association, its exhibitors and partners comes at a time when more than 812,000 people in Cook County need help putting food on their table,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “The rescued produce from United Fresh 2015 makes an immediate impact on hunger in our community. We are thankful for United Fresh and Feeding America for supporting our commitment to providing nutritious food for our neighbors in need.”

“Feeding America is extremely grateful to the United Fresh Produce Association, their exhibitor donors, Freeman Company, and all food bank staff and volunteers for their efforts to rescue thousands of pounds of fresh produce from United Fresh 2015,” said Don Harris, director of produce at Feeding America. “Fresh and nutritious produce is really prized by our food banks and those we serve, so we are really pleased with the great effort everyone has made to provide this donation to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.”

“United Fresh and exhibitors at the show are proud to support the Feeding America network of food banks,” said John Toner, United Fresh vice president of convention & industry collaboration. “Fresh produce is an important part of a healthy diet and the donation highlights how the industry is helping those in need each and every day.”

With a network of 200 member food banks across the country, Feeding America supplies more the 3 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. In all, the nationwide Feeding America Network serves about 37 million people in need.