The United Fresh Produce Association has revealed that it donated 51,042 lbs of fresh produce and 641 lbs of assorted dry food to the Greater Chicago Food Depository at the conclusion of the United Fresh 2016 annual convention and expo in Chicago.
Volunteers 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 51,710 lbs continues a United Fresh tradition of supporting the Feeding America network after the annual convention.
“For many hungry men, women and children in our community, access to nutritious produce is not a guarantee,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “But, this generous donation from the United Fresh Produce Association, its exhibitors and partners will help the Food Depository provide much needed fruit and vegetables to our neighbours in need. Thank you to the United Fresh Produce Association and Feeding America for their support in the fight against hunger.”
With a network of 200-member food banks across the country, Feeding America supplies more the 3.7 billion meals to 46.5 million people annually.
"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 & 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.”