Food Industry Actively Participates in Katrina Relief

The food industry actively participates in relief to victims of Hurricane Katrina, donating money and, of course, food.

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For more on Second Harvest, including how to donate food, see About America's Second Harvest, below.

Second Harvest's Disaster Relief Statistics (as of Sept. 19)
Semi truckloads carrying food & grocery products 889
Pounds of food and grocery delivered 29 million
Estimated number of meals available 23 million*
Cash and pledges raised $15 million
Estimated value of food and grocery products $43.2 million
Approximate number of people displaced 1 million
* Numbers reflect both donated and purchased product  

About America's Second Harvest

America's Second Harvest is the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the U.S. In 1979, its first year of operation, Second Harvest distributed 2.5 million pounds of food to a network of 13 food banks. Today, the national network secures and distributes nearly two billion pounds of food and grocery products to more than 200 regional food banks and relief organizations in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

The underlying principle of America's Second Harvest is feeding our nation's hungry by reducing food waste. Second Harvest's network collects and distributes food and grocery products – from food processors, retailers and distributors as well as restaurants and other foodservice entities – and to its member food banks and food rescue organizations. Those agencies then distribute food and grocery products to some 35,000 programs that operate 50,000 feeding agencies nationwide.

Manufacturers who would like to join the Hurricane Katrina relief effort or establish a partnership with Second Harvest may call the national office at 1-800-771-2303. To donate a full truckload of shelf-stable product, ask for the Food Sourcing Dept.; to contribute transportation services, ask for the Logistics Dept.

Corporate Product and Transporation Donors (as listed at

Allen Canning Corporation
American Rice, Inc.
Apple & Eve
Authentic Specialty Foods
Barbara's Bakery
Barilla America, Inc.
Basic American Foods
B & G Foods Inc.
Bravo Foods
Bush Brothers & Company
Cadbury Schweppes Americas
Campbell Soup Company
Carisam Samuel Meisel
Central States Distribution
CCI Industries
Chefs Requested/RDS
Chevron Corporation
Chicken of the Sea International
Chiquita Brands International
Cimino Brothers Produce
The Clorox Company
Coca-Cola North America
Columbia Fresh Produce
ConAgra Foods
Cumberland Gap
Dole Packaged Foods Company
Ember Farms
Empire Kosher Poultry
Fairbault Foods
Farmland Foods
Fellow Manufacturing
Florida's Natural Growers
Fresh Direct
Gold Kist, Inc.
Gusto Packing Company
Hinsdale Farms
Hormel Foods Corporation
Kellogg Company
Keystone Foods
Kraft Foods
Lodi Canning
Michael Foods, Inc.
Mission Foods
National Peanut Board
Nestlé USA and Nestlé Hand-Held Foods Group
Old Wisconsin Sausage
Organic Valley
Ottenberg's Bakers
Perdue Farms
The Procter & Gamble Company
Quaker Food & Beverages Company
Sara Lee Foods
Seneca Foods Corporation
Smithfield Packing
The J.M. Smucker Company
Sunny Cal Fruit
Sun Rich, LLC
Uncle Ben's (Masterfoods USA)
Unilever Bestfoods
West Farm Foods
Western Bagel
World Finer Foods

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