Organic food companies, distributor donate meals, dollars to alleviate pandemic-driven food scarcity
Published: December 3, 2020
Category: COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter
Over 13 million U.S. children are reportedly facing food insecurity since the COVID-19 pandemic began months ago. The percentage of Canadian households impacted is up 45% since last year.
Key organic players are filling empty plates through meal packages and online sales revenues. KeHE, specialty distributor to 30,000 natural food and independent groceries, is working with New Hope Network to deliver 80,000 meals to hard-hit families in Los Angeles and San Antonio. Suppliers including R.W. Knudsen, Vegan Rob’s, LaCroix, Primal Kitchen, and others are active in New Hope’s Spark Change initiative.
Leftover product from trade shows has typically benefited charitable organizations; with shows cancelled, the need is more dire.
Nature’s Path, leading organic breakfast and snack company, has delivered over one million food bowls to ten U.S. and Canadian organizations. The company also raised over $335,000 for food bank partners—more than doubling its annual commitment for food delivery. Recipients include Feed the Children (U.S.), Second Harvest Canada (Canada), Blessings in a Backpack (U.S.), Daily Bread Food Bank (Canada), and Second Harvest Orange County (U.S.).
Mayorga Organics is donating 100% of online revenue from the last six weeks of 2020 to families in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala impacted by recent hurricanes Eta and Iota. The funds will distribute food, water, mattresses, and other critical needs through the company’s partnering producers; those trusted relationships provide an efficient support chain to get essentials to communities faster and more efficiently than most NGOs.
Sources: KeHE Distributors; Nature’s Path; Mayorga Organics
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