Viva Fresh Donates Over 20,000 lbs of Produce to North Texas Food Bank; Dante Galeazzi and Mike Robinson Comment
MISSION, TX - Viva Fresh has been a hot topic of conversation here at ANUK in recent weeks. The excitement continues today, as the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) made an announcement following the show. At the conclusion of the Viva Fresh Expo, a total of 21,806 lbs of fresh produce was donated to the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB).
“Our organization and industry members work tirelessly to grow and ship the healthy fruits and vegetables that end up in stores and on our tables,” Dante Galeazzi, Chief Executive Officer of TIPA, remarked. “By making this donation, not only are we able to evoke positive change, we’re also able to meet the needs of a community experiencing an unprecedented level of food insecurity.”
A press release explained that this donation would not be possible without the approximately 200 fresh fruit and vegetable growers, shippers, and importers that exhibit at the Viva Fresh Expo. Viva Fresh’s donation will help fight food insecurity in the region and be distributed through North Texas Food Bank’s network of more than 400 partner agencies.
Ranking as the fifth most food insecure region in the nation, approximately 700,000 North Texans face food insecurity. The North Texas Food Bank is dedicated to creating a hunger-free, healthy community. Thanks to donations and fundraisers, it provides access to nutritious meals to families, children, and seniors in its 13-county service area.
“The North Texas Food Bank is proud to be a dedicated provider of food for those in need and this fresh produce donation is a welcome gift that allows us to offer many fresh produce offerings our families may not have typical access to,” said Mike Robinson, Director of Food Sourcing for NTFB. “Our mission to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food continues to be an exciting possibility thanks to the generosity of organizations like the Texas International Produce Association and their grower members.”
We applaud Viva Fresh for its generous donation!