Viva Fresh continues to eat healthy with a donation of 15,403 lbs of fresh produce to the North Texas Food Bank
Mission, Texas- the Texas International Commodity Association (TIPA) has partnered with the North Texas Food Bank of Plano, Texas to donate 15,403 pounds of fresh produce at the conclusion of the Viva Fresh Produce Expo on April 23, 2022. These fresh fruits and vegetables will provide approximately 12,800 meals to North Texas families in need. .
The donation is made possible thanks to the 200 companies that exhibited a wide range of fresh produce at Viva Fresh Expo. The donation will provide fresh produce for food pantries and meal programs throughout North Texas.
The North Texas Food Bank served more than 125 million meals in 2021 and provides food assistance to families, children, seniors and disaster relief with the support of a food network of over of 400 pantries and food organizations in North Texas.
Dante Galeazzi, CEO of the Texas International Fresh Produce Association, said, “We grow, import, and ship healthy produce from Texas to all of North America, but nearly one million people in North Texas face to hunger and food insecurity and this number increases as you move. further into the state. Galeazzi continued, “Our organization and members of our industry work with food banks not just in Texas, but across the United States to provide invaluable access to fresh, hunger-relieving produce with nutrition, vitamins and a natural flavor.”
Today, more than 800,000 North Texans don’t know where their next meal will come from, including 300,000 children, giving the North Texas Food Bank service area the fourth-highest tier of children food insecure in the country.
“The North Texas Food Bank is proud to be a dedicated provider of food for those in need and this donation of fresh produce is a welcome gift that allows us to provide an incredible assortment of fruits and vegetables to hungry neighbors” , said Reid Ainsworth, director. food supply for the North Texas Food Bank. “Our mission to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food continues to be an exciting possibility thanks to the generosity of organizations like the Texas International Produce Association and their members.”
About Viva Fresh Produce Exhibition
The Viva Fresh Produce Expo was established in 2015 by the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) to create meaningful networking and educational opportunities for its members while highlighting the importance of the Rio Grande Valley as a as an emerging trade corridor and production area. for healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables available all year round. For more information, please visit www.vivafreshexpo.com.
About the Texas International Produce Association
Founded in 1942, the Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) promotes, defends, educates, and represents the nearly $10 billion worth of fresh produce grown in the state or calls Texas the United States’ premier arrival point for the North American distribution. For more information about TIPA, visit www.texipa.org or call 956-581-8632.
About the North Texas Food Bank:
The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a leading nonprofit hunger relief organization that sources, packages and distributes food through a network of more than 200 partner agencies in 13 North Texas counties. The organization also provides food to children, seniors and families through various drop-shipping programs, including mobile pantries. In its last fiscal year, the NTFB provided access to more than 125 million nutritious meals, a 64% increase since the pandemic. In response to the ongoing hunger crisis, the organization launched a $500 million campaign, Nourish North Texas, to provide more food for today and hope for tomorrow by addressing the root causes of hunger. food insecurity. The North Texas Food Bank is named a 4-Star Outstanding Organization by Charity Navigator for its governance, integrity, and financial stability. NTFB is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization.