United Fresh donated 40,109 pounds of fresh produce and 1,183 pounds of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the conclusion of the United Fresh 2014 annual convention and expo in Chicago. 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 41,292 pounds continues a United Fresh tradition of supporting the Feeding America network after the annual convention.
"The generosity of United Fresh Produce Association, its exhibitors and partners comes at a time when nearly 800,000 people in Cook County are struggling to put food on their tables," said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. "The rescued produce from United Fresh 2014 makes an immediate impact on hunger in our community. We are thankful for United Fresh Produce Association 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 Co., and all food bank staff and volunteers for their efforts to rescue thousands of pounds of fresh produce from United Fresh 2014," said Bob Aiken, CEO of 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 and industry relations. "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 than 3 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually. In all, the nationwide Feeding America Network serves about 37 million people in need.
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