Karen Franck, Farm to Family food resource manager, left, presents Ocean Mist Farms chief operating officer Joe Pezzini with a plaque recognizing donations by the company's growers to the California Association of Food Banks in 2012.
Karen Franck, Farm to Family food resource manager, left, presents Ocean Mist Farms chief operating officer Joe Pezzini with a plaque recognizing donations by the company's growers to the California Association of Food Banks in 2012.

The California Association of Food Banks honored Ocean Mist Farms for donating more than 1 million pounds of fresh produce in 2012.

Karen Franck, Farm to Family food resource manager, presented a plaque to Ocean Mist chief operating officer Joe Pezzini, in Castroville, Calif., where the company is based.

Locally, Ocean Mist Farms is known for its efforts on behalf of Salinas-based Ag Against Hunger. But the grower-shipper has also supported the efforts of food banks in California’s urban areas and statewide.

Farm to Family was a pilot program in 2010 when Ocean Mist and Pacific International Marketing partnered with the association and Tampa, Fla.-based IFCO Systems, which provided reusable plastic containers.