Produce suppliers from across the United States and around the world donated an estimated 231,165 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables — about 24 truckloads — to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County on Oct. 28. The donation was made by companies exhibiting at the Produce Marketing Association’s 2012 Fresh Summit International Convention and Exposition in Anaheim, Calif., in October.
The donation by hundreds of Fresh Summit exhibitors, “harvested” from the convention center by local volunteers, is so large that the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is sharing product with other Feeding America members nearby in Southern California.
“The demand for food has increased by 46 percent since the recession, and this generous gift couldn’t come at a better time,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. “We are very grateful to the Fresh Summit exhibitors and PMA for this fresh produce, which will be a very welcome addition to the dinner tables of the needy in Southern California.”
From 2007-2011, PMA’s Fresh Summit exhibitors donated more than 1.4 million pounds of fresh produce to communities in need in the United States.