Throughout Northeast Ohio, one in six people is food insecure and may not know where they will get their next meal. In the time of Covid-19, food insecurity has multiplied. Food banks, such as the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and hundreds like it across the country, exist to bridge the gap, connecting individuals with the nutritious meals they need. According to The NY Times, nearly one in five children 12 and younger are not getting enough to eat. The numbers have reached unprecedented levels, indeed, at nearly 3 times the rate reported during the Great Recession in 2008. Food Banks are feeling the strain. Still, they serve.
Our Avon Plant Team heard the call to support the community and jumped to action. With quick coordination, a thorough evaluation of excess ingredients, and the development of an action plan, our team was able to produce single-serve, consumer-ready items for at-risk families. The team packed and delivered 7 pallets full of product—6 pallets of 8-oz apple sauce pouches and 1 pallet of peanut butter—to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. In total, 25,120 servings!
This team doesn’t stop. They plan to produce more than 20,000 servings of 3-Bean Chili, too. When it’s ready, they will deliver the product to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio. Second Harvest is currently experiencing the largest numbers they’ve ever seen, and like the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, they remain diligent and ready to respond.
We would like to thank our Avon Plant Team for their leadership and commitment to serving our surrounding communities. It’s what our culture is all about at Custom Culinary. Thank you, team.
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