( Courtesy Shuman Farms )

Late April signals the start of a new Vidalia onion season each year, and with it comes Shuman Farms’ commitment to supporting Produce for Kids and Feeding America.

Produce for Kids, established by Shuman Farms president and CEO John Shuman in 2002, has raised more than $6.7 million for families and children in need, according to a news release. Partners in the program donate a portion of sales to the program, which originally gave proceeds to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. Produce for Kids now benefits Feeding America.

“Working with Feeding America over the past several years has allowed us to not only help children eat healthier, but it has also helped us provide support to those families who face hunger every day,” Shuman said in the release. “We recognize that hunger hits communities all over the United States and the impact on children is especially tough.”

More than 3,000 grocery stores offer Produce for Kids campaigns, and more than 50 produce and health-conscious brands are in the program. Digital campaigns include Mission for Nutrition and Power Your Lunchbox. In May, the Healthy Family Project podcast has its one-year anniversary, according to the release.

This season, Shuman Farms has pledged to provide an additional 50,000 meals through its Feeding America brand Vidalia onion packaging starting in June. Retailers who sell the RealSweet brand Vidalias in special packaging can display signs and use a social media toolkit provided by Shuman Farms, according to the release.

“This is sustainability at its best, supporting families in need who live and work in the communities where our products are sold,” Shuman said in the release. “We are blessed to be working with like-minded people who want to make a difference as much as we do.”

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