Archer Daniels Midland Company recently donated $1,000 to Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. The donation will be used to support the Food Bank’s fresh produce distribution program for low-income households in central Pennsylvania. Specifically, the Food Bank will purchase fresh produce such as potatoes, yams, onions, apples and oranges with the funds and distribute the produce in central PA. These products will be distributed via our network of food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc. and will supplement our regular distribution of shelf stable, refrigerated and frozen foods. Fresh produce now comprises about 20% of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s total food distribution, which places our offerings on par with the amount of fresh produce that typical American shoppers place in their grocery carts.
“One of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s primary goals is to provide the most nutritious food possible to people in need in our communities,” said Joe Arthur, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank executive director. “This donation by Archer Daniels Midland Company will enable the Food Bank to offer healthier food choices for low income households by providing fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.”
The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank distributes food to more than 55,000 individuals each week in 27 central Pennsylvania counties. Last year nearly 27 million meals were provided through the Food Bank’s network of more than 800 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
The donation was given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.