IFCO Partners with Meals on Wheels People to Deliver Over 8,000 Meals
- by Kayla Webb
PORTLAND, OR - IFCO may be known for its fresh food packaging but it’s currently making a name for itself as an upstanding community partner. The provider of Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) announced that it donated 600 of its RPCs to Meals on Wheels People, which allows the organization and its volunteers to pack and deliver nearly 8,000 meals daily to homebound seniors.
“As a vital part of the global food supply chain, IFCO has a strong commitment to fighting hunger and food insecurity in the U.S. and around the world,” said Dan Martin, President of IFCO North America. “Now, more than ever, we want to step up and help our friends at Meals on Wheels People get more food to more people during this terrible crisis.”
Previously, IFCO donated RPCs to Meals on Wheels People for use in the Meals 4 Kids program that serves qualified children and families within Portland. These containers are used to package, ship, store, and transport a wide variety of fresh foods, including produce. Each one is collected by IFCO after each use and cleaned, washed, and sanitized before being used again.
According to a press release, Meals on Wheels People delivers more than 1.3 million meals annually to older adults across the greater Portland area.
“Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, our daily meal production has increased from 5,000 meals daily to nearly 8,000 meals daily. And deliveries have been reduced from five days per week to just one day per week. That means volunteers have a whole lot of meals to deliver,” said Meals on Wheels People Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Washington. “The containers from IFCO will allow us to safely pack meals for transportation by our volunteers. The new containers are great for transporting cold and frozen items, and they nest well, hold more product and can be washed daily. We are extremely grateful to IFCO for donating the RPCs.”
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