Miguel Santiago, chairman of the Communications and Conveyance Committee of the California State Assembly, with Chiquita’s donations of bananas to the YMCA. ( Courtesy Chiquita Brands International )

Chiquita Brands International, working with Feeding America, the YMCA, school districts and hospitals, has donated a million bananas during the COVID-19 crisis.

“At the heart of Chiquita, we are farmers and banana growers who recognize our responsibility to provide nutritious bananas to people facing food insecurity during these uncertain times,” Chiquita President Carlos Lopez Flores said in a news release.

Recipients include Feeding America and member food banks, and school districts in the Los Angeles area, hospitals and non-profits.

“Proper nutrition is critical for a healthy lifestyle, and many people across the country are losing access to food due to school and business closures, as well as other challenges,” Mike Piotrowski, director of produce operations at Feeding America, said in the release. “We’re proud to have generous partners like Chiquita on our side, who not only fight hunger year-round, but are also stepping up to address the increased need that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Chiquita has activities designed to keep families entertained, along with healthy recipes, on its website.

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