IFCO donates reusable plastic containers to Ag Against Hunger

08/06/2013 01:23:00 PM
The Packer staff

IFCO Systems is donating reusable plastic containers to Ag Against Hunger, a nonprofit that provides people in need with surplus produce.

Ag Against Hunger will use IFCO RPCs to transport fruit and vegetables donated by growers in the Salinas, Calif., area to food banks throughout California and to five other Western states via the organization’s warehouse cooler, according to an IFCO news release.

“IFCO is pleased to join many of our produce industry partners in supporting Ag Against Hunger’s worthwhile efforts. By using our RPCs to transport product that might have entered the waste stream to people who need its nourishment, the group increases the efficiency of the supply chain, reduces environmental impact and enhances the quality of the food delivered to the recipients,” said Fred Heptinstall, IFCO president and general manager.

Ag Against Hunger’s mission is to alleviate hunger by creating a connection between the agricultural community and food assistance programs. Since 1990, donations of surplus produce from local growers and shippers have helped Ag Against Hunger bring 200 million pounds of produce to tens of millions of hungry children, adults and seniors.

“We are grateful for IFCO’s generosity in allowing us the use of these brand new RPCs. Tools like these are invaluable to our important mission of preventing produce waste by gathering fresh surplus produce from local farmers and distributing it to our community food banks in an effort to provide those in need with healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Thank you IFCO for providing us with this vital and environment-friendly resource,” said Colby Pereira, board president, Ag Against Hunger.



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John    
florida  |  August, 07, 2013 at 01:40 PM

I heard no mention of the sanitation infrastructure they are going to use to keep those reusable plastic containers clean. They must be rinsed, washed, rinsed, and then sanitized in between each use to prevent the build up or spread of dangerous bacteria. Especially considering that a lot of the donated produce can be past its prime and may be "leaking" a little bit, cleanliness of the RPCs is even more important.

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