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Annual Meat Conference Exhibitors Donate 6,259 Pounds of Meat & Poultry to Nashville Food Bank

Monday, March 4, 2013

Nashville, TN – Last week 6,259 pounds of meat and poultry were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and the Isaiah 58 Outreach Ministry of Belmont Church by exhibitors at the Annual Meat Conference, an event hosted by the American Meat Institute (AMI) and Food Marketing Institute (FMI) at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville February 24-26.

The packages of steak, ground beef, pork, turkey, chicken, lamb and other cuts were highlighted during the conference’s Product Tasting Reception which featured nearly 40 exhibitors, many of whom were able to donate their meat that was not used at the reception. Leaders at the Second Harvest Food Bank and Isaiah 58 noted that this was the largest single donation on record.

"The American Meat Institute has a twenty five year partnership with our nation's food banks called "Meating the Need" through which our member companies donate meat and poultry products" said AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle. "We are pleased to have continued this initiative with a large donation here in Nashville."

Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of FMI, echoed, “The food retail industry‘s proud tradition of community involvement is demonstrated in the near-universal supermarket support of local food banks and feeding programs. FMI is delighted to have our conference share in the neighborly spirit of food retailing, as reflected in this record-setting donation to the good work of Second Harvest Food Bank and the Isaiah 58 Outreach Ministry.”

Annual Meat Conference exhibitors have donated thousands of pounds of meat and poultry to host communities over the years including more than 7,000 pounds in Orlando in 2012. AMI and its members have also donated millions of pounds of meat through its partnership with Feeding America since 1989. For more information please visit: http://meatinstitute.org/ht/d/sp/i/203/pid/203.


AMI represents the interests of packers and processors of beef, pork, lamb, veal and turkey products and their suppliers throughout North America. Together, AMI’s members produce 95 percent of the beef, pork, lamb and veal products and 70 percent of the turkey products in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Institute provides legislative, regulatory, public relations, technical, scientific and educational services to the industry. Its affiliate, the AMI Foundation, is a separate 501(c)3 organization that conducts research, education and information projects for the industry.

Food Marketing Institute (FMI) conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its nearly 1,250 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI’s U.S. members operate more than 25,000 retail food stores and almost 22,000 pharmacies with a combined annual sales volume of nearly $650 billion. FMI’s retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent operators. Its international membership includes 126 companies from more than 65 countries. FMI’s nearly 330 associate members include the supplier partners of its retail and wholesale members. http://www.fmi.org/


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