Health care workers at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., pick up donated boxes of fresh produce in a program spearheaded by Produce Alliance. ( Courtesy Produce Alliance )

The Produce Alliance has kicked off an initiative to provide boxes of fresh produce to health care professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company’s charitable division, Produce Alliance Foundation, has established the Produce Box Project: Nourish Our Frontlines, to distribute boxes of fresh produce to health care facilities across the country, according to a news release.

The company is asking industry members and their companies to participate by contacting [email protected] or visiting a GoFundMe page.

The company gave about 210 boxes to employees of Chicago’s Illinois Masonic Hospital in early April, and officially kicked off the Produce Box Project on April 7, distributing 200 boxes of fresh produce.

Keany Produce & Gourmet, Landover, Md., a Produce Alliance Partner, transported and unloaded the boxes as day shift employees were leaving the facility. Donations from Patrice King Brickman, Carrie Marriott and Jean Marie Fernandez made the donation possible, according to the release.

“It is such an amazing feeling to support these healthcare heroes who are working around the clock to help save lives during this devastating time,” Produce Alliance President Melissa Melshenker Ackerman said in the release. “Produce Alliance and the Produce Alliance Foundation wanted to help nourish the frontline workers when they leave exhausted and take one worry off their plate.”

Produce Alliance is asking companies and individual to donate to expand the program to numerous areas where Produce Alliance members operate.

“Your gift allows us to care for ourselves and our families, and in turn, to focus on caring for our community in their time of need,” Linda Talley, the chief nursing officer at Children’s National Hospital, said in the release.

Read about other donations from produce companies across the country on The Packer's COVID-19 webpage.

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