Seneca Foods Corporation, manufacturer of Libby's canned fruits and vegetables, is donating five million pounds of food to Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger-relief organization. The donation, which is the largest ever one-time donation of canned fruits and vegetables combined in Feeding America's history, comes at a critical time. National data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in November reports that one in six Americans, and nearly one in four children, across the nation are struggling with hunger – the highest rates reported since the government agency began surveying 15 years ago.
Among Feeding America's network of food banks to receive product from this donation are: Channel One, Inc. Food Bank and Food Shelf in Rochester, MN; Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI; Foodlink, Inc. in Rochester, NY; The Idaho Foodbank in Boise, ID; Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood, MN; Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin & Stanislaus Counties in Manteca, CA; and Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin in Madison, WI. Additional donations will be distributed among Feeding America's food bank network this spring.
"We're proud to help families in need and continue our ten year partnership with Feeding America with this five million pound donation," said Kraig Kayser, chief executive officer, Seneca Foods Corporation."Libby's has always been a strong supporter of helping families get back to the table with nutritious and cost-effective meals. With many Americans struggling to put food on the table, let alone serve nutritious meals, every effort helps."
"Thank you to Libby's for this incredible donation, which will certainly make an enormous impact in fighting hunger in communities across the nation," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America."With 49 million people struggling with hunger, our country is in crisis right now. Canned fruits and vegetables are among the most needed items at the more than 200 food banks in our network because of their long shelf life and nutritional value. No American should go hungry, and we thank Seneca Foods Corporation for joining Feeding America in the fight against domestic hunger."
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.