D’Arrigo Bros. of California, Salinas, has donated more than 250,000 pounds of produce to charitable organizations as they struggle to keep up with demand during the COVID-19 crisis.
The company has also donated personal protective equipment to law enforcement and other first responders to minimize exposure to the virus, according to a news release.
The donations of Andy Boy brand produce went to:
- Food Bank of El Paso (Texas);
- Food Bank of Yuma (Ariz.);
- North Texas Food Bank, Dallas;
- Roadrunner Food Bank, El Paso;
- El Pasoans Food Bank, El Paso;
- Maricopa County Schools, Phoenix;
- YMCA locations in Houston; and
- Brighter Bites schools/communities; Houston.
The personal protective equipment included more than 400 N95 masks, and went to the Salinas Police Department, Monterey Police Department and Monterey Fire Department.
“Our first responders are on the front lines keeping our communities safe and we are trying our best to keep them safe as well,” John D’Arrigo, CEO of D’Arrigo California, said in the release.
To see what other companies in the fresh produce industry have done during the pandemic, see The Packer's COVID-19 coverage landing page.