4Earth Farms Works With Local Agencies; Offers Families Access to Fresh Produce
- by Kayla Webb
COMMERCE, CA - 4Earth Farms has been working with local food banks and charities for years, helping to bring fresh fruits and vegetables to families in the communities surrounding the company’s headquarters. Recently, the organic grower has partnered with Heart of Compassion, Food Forward, and the City of Commerce to deliver nutritious and essential fresh produce to families in need.
“We recognized long ago that although our warehouse is filled with fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables, many of the residents that live in and around our neighborhood live in a food desert or don’t have the means to buy fresh produce,” says David Lake, President of 4Earth Farms. “To help solve this challenge, we have been partnered with some amazing charities that facilitate getting fresh produce donations from our facility to food-insecure families.”
Local charities such as Heart of Compassion in nearby Montebello, California, benefit immensely from contributions and partnerships with leaders like 4Earth to continue providing for the communities.
Over the last five years alone, the grower has donated over 120,000 pounds of fresh produce to local food banks and charities.
“Through a wonderful partnership with 4Earth Farms during the last six years, Heart of Compassion has been better able to alleviate food insecurities for more than 2,000 individuals weekly, including countless families, seniors, veterans, and those experiencing homelessness,” says Pastor Eric Tietze of Heart of Compassion.
Aside from regular fresh produce donations, 4Earth Farms is also working with Food Forward to distribute produce boxes through USDA’s Farmers to Families program.
According to the press release, 4Earth Farms and Food Forward have distributed over 75,000 produce boxes to families in the Southern California region since May 15.
“4Earth Farms has generously supported Food Forward, and remains a valuable industry ally,” says Luis Yepiz, Wholesale Market Recovery Manager with Food Forward.
4Earth has also been working with the City of Commerce to supply fresh produce boxes that are delivered to the city’s youth. The company’s first donations were handed out to school-age children as part of their free lunch program in May.
“I am grateful to 4Earth Farms for their generosity to Commerce’s youth. Companies like 4Earth Farms are a reflection of our community’s values. The 4Earth Farms donation provides a sustainable source of quality nourishment during these uncertain times,” City of Commerce’s Mayor Ivan Altamirano states. “Thank you to the entire 4Earth Farms team for making a positive impact in Commerce!”
A second produce box donation will take place in June as part of the summer lunch program.
“We feel fortunate to have the opportunity to give back to the community that supports us, especially knowing that much of our produce donation is going to families and children,” says Mark Munger, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for 4Earth Farms. “We can’t think of a higher purpose than giving children better access to fresh fruits and veggies!”
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