Southern California food banks received more than 230,000 pounds of produce after the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit 2012 in Anaheim, Calif.
Produce exhibitors donated 231,165 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County on Oct. 28, according to a news release from PMA, Newark, Del.
Just after the close of the Fresh Summit 2012 on Oct. 28, Laura Bartlett, sales administrator for Beachside Produce LLC, Guadaupe, Calif., moves cauliflower and broccoli from the booth’s displays into cartons so Orange County food banks could collect the produce for the community’s needy.“The demand for food has increased by 46% since the recession and this generous gift couldn’t come at a better time,” Nicole Suydam, chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, said in the release. “We are very grateful to the Fresh Summit exhibitors and PMA for this fresh produce which will be a very welcome addition to the dinner tables of the needy in Southern California.”
The donation is being shared with other Feeding America member food banks nearby, according to the release.
“Fresh Summit exhibitors’ giving spirit is especially heightened in an economy when so many Americans don’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” Bryan Silbermann, president and chief executive officer of PMA, said in the release. “The opportunity to feed local residents with fresh, nutritious product makes them and us even more proud of what we do.”
From 2007-2011, PMA’s Fresh Summit exhibitors donated more than 1.4 million pounds of fresh produce to various communities in need in the U.S. The last time Fresh Summit was in Anaheim, in 2009, exhibitors donated nearly 250,000 pounds of produce, according to the release.