Fresh Summit Exhibitors Donate 217,667 Pounds of Produce to Second Harvest Food Bank

Tue. October 28th, 2014
- by Jordan Okumura     

ANAHEIM, CA – The exhibitors of the PMA Fresh Summit Convention and Expo donated 217,667 pounds of produce after the event to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Feeding America.

According to a new study, more than 277,000 people in Orange County, California need the help of Second Harvest and its community partners to feed themselves and their families.  This generous donation will help many of them.

Bob Aiken, CEO, Feeding America

"Feeding America is extremely grateful to PMA’s exhibitors who have gone to great effort to provide this generous donation of fresh produce to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County,” said Bob Aiken CEO of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

Over the last 10 years, PMA exhibitors have donated more than 2.9 million pounds of fresh produce to communities across the country, according to a press release.

“PMA goes to great lengths every year to rescue, package and transport a considerable amount of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables to our member food banks, so that they can be distributed to low-income Americans, who are in need of food assistance. Feeding America will provide food to 46 million Americans this year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors,” Aiken added.

The produce for this donation was collected from the convention center expo hall with the help of about 300 volunteers from Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, a chapter of Feeding America.

It is great to see donations like these.  Thanks to all of the exhibitors who made this possible!