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Donation to Feeding America provides 200,000 meals

Tuesday, December 20, 2022
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2022

CONTACT: Sarah Little (443) 440-0029


WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) today announced a holiday season donation to Feeding America that will provide 200,000 meals for families facing hunger. The donation is made possible through Meat Institute sponsors’ generous support, including through sponsorship of the Protein PACT for the People, Animals & Climate of Tomorrow.

Through the Protein PACT, the Meat Institute has committed that it will work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Feeding America to help measure and fill by 2025 the “protein gap” - the difference between the high-quality meat food banks and charities need and what they are able to safely receive, store, and distribute.

Meat Institute President and CEO Julie Anna Potts commented:

“The Protein PACT represents our firm commitment to ensuring meat will sustain generations to come, including by acting urgently to meet the needs of families facing hunger now. Meat Institute members are among the nation’s leaders in action to end hunger, and we will continue taking every step to support that mission.”

The Meat Institute, its members and sponsors, and Protein PACT partners across animal agriculture share a common commitment to ending hunger, as highlighted in Protein PACT input provided for the October 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health.

Examples of Protein PACT partners’ contributions include:

Meat Institute members have announced more than $9 million in food security donations in 2022 alone, including to build and expand infrastructure to safely store and package fresh meat. An index of Meat Institute members’ efforts to end hunger is available here .

The Meat Institute this year took the major step of designating food security as a non-competitive issue and created a new food security committee to facilitate information sharing and implementation of sector-wide best practices.

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About the North American Meat Institute: The Meat Institute is the United States’ oldest and largest trade association representing packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal, turkey, and processed meat products. NAMI members include more than 350 meat packing and processing companies, the majority of which have fewer than 100 employees, and account for more than 95 percent of the United States’ output of meat and 70 percent of turkey production.

About the Protein PACT: The Protein PACT unites partners across animal protein in the first-ever joint effort to accelerate the entire animal protein sector’s progress toward global sustainable development goals for healthy people, healthy animals, healthy communities, and a healthy environment. Protein PACT partners are establishing transparent baselines and benchmarks for our efforts, setting ambitious targets for continuous improvement, collecting data to verify and transparently report on progress, and launching comprehensive communications about animal protein’s unique place in sustainable, healthy diets. To learn more, visit www.TheProteinPACT.org.

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