Southeast Produce Council and church volunteers help unpack, repack and distribute fresh produce from member companies. ( Courtesy SEPC )

The Southeast Produce Council distributed donated produce that was originally for foodservice customers to people in the Tattnall County area in Georgia.

On April 3, council members packed, shipped, unloaded, re-packed and distributed almost 70,000 pounds of fresh produce using a drive-through format to maintain social distance, according to a news release.

About 500 families received food at the drop off site in Reidsville; produce that will feed another 500 families went to area food banks.

David Sherrod, council president and CEO, said in the release that SEPC is a “boots on the ground” organization with generous members.

“Our focus is still to help one another by promoting the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. We will continue to serve our members and community through this storm the best way we can,” Sherrod said in the release.

The boxes included sweet potatoes, squash, watermelons and potatoes.

The council received product donations from organizations that include Southern Valley, Sol Group, SMP Southeast Marketing Inc., Shuman Farms; Lancaster Foods and Nickey Gregory Co. The Society of St. Andrew and Reidsville United Methodist Church helped with distribution. 

Related news:

United Fresh foundation grants fund donations during crisis

New York City offers free meals to all residents

SEPC helps reduce foodservice waste after coronavirus closures

For more coronavirus coverage, check out our landing page on the topic here. To provide input on how the virus is affecting your business, take The Packer's survey.