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Foster Farms donates 2M servings to COVID-19 hunger relief efforts

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LIVINGSTON, Calif. — Foster Farms is partnering with food banks to help provide more than 2 million meals to families impacted by the economic consequences of COVID-19. The family-owned company is actively contributing to hunger relief efforts delivering much needed protein to food banks and community organizations on the West Coast, and in Louisiana and Alabama.

“COVID-19 has touched the very fabric of American life,” said Foster Farms’ Vice President of Communications Ira Brill. “As a company, we have always felt a responsibility to support to our communities in times of adversity. Food banks are on front lines of ensuring that hunger is not an added result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

According to Jaclyn Pack, food acquisitions manager for the Central California Food Bank in Fresno, Calif., COVID-19 has resulted in a 50 percent increase in local need.

“The effect of COVID-19 on our communities has been devastating. We are grateful to Foster Farms for its generous donation and continued support in bringing protein to Central Valley families that find themselves in dire circumstances,” Pack said.

Blake Young, CEO of Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services noted that families who have never sought help combined with pre-existing need are emptying food bank shelves.

“Food banks are struggling to source food donations, dollars and volunteers. Foster Farms is helping us close the gap,” Young said.

Foster Farms maintains production facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Louisiana and Alabama, and will be leveraging its resources to expedite relief efforts. The donations are a continuation of a decade-long commitment to fighting hunger and responding to community need in time of crisis.

Foster Farms encourages others to join in its efforts by donating to their local food bank.

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