In honor of June 5 Hunger Awareness Day, AMI members today pledged to increase by ten percent the amount of meat and poultry donated to America’s Second Harvest food banks nationwide. As a symbol of its commitment, meat companies today will deliver meat products to food banks and agencies in ten U.S. cities and towns.
"Today we are
making a commitment provide larger supplies of
nutritious meat and poultry to Second Harvest
in 2002 and in the years to come," said
American Meat Institute (AMI) Chairman Phil
Clemens, chairman of Hatfield, Inc. in
Hatfield, PA. Meat and poultry products are
the products most desired by hunger-relief
agencies - and the most difficult to obtain by
Second Harvest affiliates.
to Clemens, AMI members have donated more than
40 million pounds of meat and poultry to Second
Harvest food banks in the last 14 years since
launching AMI’s “Meating the Need” food
donation partnership with Second Harvest in
1988. Last year, AMI members donated
approximately 4 million pounds of meat and
poultry to Second Harvest food banks -- double
their early 1990s donations of about 2 million
pounds per year. AMI members have pledged to
donate at least 4.5 million pounds to food
banks in 2002 and five million pounds in 2003.
Clemens made his statement at the Philadelphia
Food Bank, where his company regularly donates
large amounts of meat products.
companies throughout the U.S. joined Clemens in
his resolve to fight hunger by donating meat
and poultry on National Hunger Awareness Day.
In Chicago, the Greater Chicago Food Depository
will receive donated meat products from Ed
Miniat, Inc. and Carl Buddig, Inc. of Chicago,
IL. Future Beef Operations, LLC, donated beef
products to the Kansas Foodbank Warehouse in
Wichita, Kansas, and Usinger’s Famous
Sausage in Milwaukee donated hot dog and
sausage products to America's Second Harvest of
Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI.
Bob Evans Farms donated sausage products to the
Mid-Ohio FoodBank in Columbus, OH, and the
Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle
Creek, MI; and directly to Second Harvest
agencies in Springfield, Monroe and Gallipolis,
OH; and Galesburg, IL.
“This is a
symbolic beginning for our industry’s
expanded commitment to fighting hunger,”
Clemens said. “Feeding people is our
business. Knowing that Americans - and
particularly American children - go hungry
every day is a tragedy we cannot
For more information about
hunger, visit America’s Second Harvest at http://www.secondharvest.org.
AMI Members ‘Meat the Need’ Today, Hunger Awareness DayWednesday, June 5, 2002