SARASOTA, FL (December 2, 2022) – The Canned Good Coalition, developed by steel food manufacturers and canned food companies to promote the infinite recyclability and food waste abatement of the steel food can, recently donated 80,480 pounds of canned fruits, vegetables and beans to those who were affected by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ian. All Faiths Food Bank was the grateful recipient of 51,000 cans of food.
Canned Good Coalition members reached out to Publix Super Markets and various food banks, such as All Faiths Food Bank and the Harry Chapin Food Bank of South Florida, to provide wholesome, shelf-stable foods at a time when many Floridians were without food and electricity. Canned food companies that donated product include Bush Beans, McCall Farms, Pacific Coast Producers, Red Gold, and Seneca Foods.
The Canned Good Coalition of canned food companies and steel food packaging manufacturers have teamed up with retailers, such as Publix, to raise awareness around inherent sustainability benefits of the steel food can.
“Providing canned foods to those in need is just one way that this coalition can do good,” said Sherrie Rosenblatt, executive director, Canned Good Coalition. “It helps that the steel food can is durable and easily and endlessly recyclable, keeping it out of landfills and creating less food waste.”
All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties; thousands in its service area were affected by the hurricane. All Faiths is a member of Feeding Florida, the state’s largest hunger relief organization and the only food bank network with an active presence, providing ongoing community-based food distributions in all 67 counties of Florida. Its efforts are especially critical during times of crisis and natural disaster.
“We sincerely appreciate this kind donation, which has provided a significant influx of non-perishable food to supplement our mobile pantry operations in storm-impacted areas,” said All Faiths Food Bank’s CEO Sandra Frank. “We are very grateful to the Canned Good Coalition and its partners for helping us serve those in our community who are in need.”
For more about All Faiths, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org. For more information about Canned Good, visit the website at cannedgood.org.
About All Faiths Food Bank
All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties, providing millions of meals each year with nearly 200 agencies and programs throughout the community. All Faiths works not only to fight hunger today but also strives to end hunger – forever – by helping families and individuals gain long-term food security, enjoy better health outcomes, and achieve self-sufficiency. In 2021, All Faiths distributed 19 million pounds of food – equating to 17 million meals, provided 36% more meals than 2019 (pre-pandemic), and remained steadfast in its commitment to provide nutritional assistance to community members, including 44% who were new to the food bank. For its efforts, All Faiths was honored as the 2021 “Nonprofit of the Year” by the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce; the organization was also recognized as a Top 4 Food Bank in the country in 2020. All Faiths is rated 4 stars by Charity Navigator and is a member of the Feeding America and Feeding Florida networks. For more information, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org.
About Canned Good
The Canned Good Campaign is a growing coalition effort championed by steel food can manufacturers and canned food companies, in association with the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI), to promote the sustainable benefits of the steel food can. The coalition currently consists of canned food companies Bush’s Beans, McCall Farms, Pacific Coast Producers, Red Gold and Seneca Foods Corporation; and steel can manufacturers Crown Holdings, Silgan Containers Corporation, Sonoco and Trivium Packaging. From infinite recyclability and always-safe packaging to fighting the battle against food waste, choosing steel cans is one way we can benefit the environment. Canned goods are Canned Good. Learn more at cannedgood.org.