Local Lettuce Donations Raise Over $14,000 For Ag Against Hunger

Salinas, CA – Ag Against Hunger annually coordinates a fundraiser called the “New York Express” every October. This year, a truckload of donated lettuce from Salinas was sold at Hunt’s Point in New York City, raising over $14,000 for the Salinas based non-profit. Dole Fresh Vegetables, Ocean Mist Farms, Ippolito International, Taylor Farms, Tanimura and Antle, and The Nunes Company donated pallets of iceberg lettuce for this fundraiser, which benefits Ag Against Hunger’s fall and winter programs.

C.H. Robinson donated the associated delivery costs and transportation for the product that travelled from Salinas to New York. D’Arrigo Brothers of New York sold the product which was coordinated through Mark Sargent of S&S Marketing free of charge to benefit Ag Against Hunger.

Alicia Cask, Board Member for Ag Against Hunger and Transportation Planner for Fresh Express/Chiquita says, “We, the Board of Directors of Ag Against Hunger, are so very thankful that we live in an area so rich and diverse in agriculture with very generous produce companies donating to help us in partnering to end the fight against hunger.” The money raised represents 350,000 servings of fresh vegetables and fruit to people utilizing food bank services.

Since 1990, Ag Against Hunger has collected over 199 million pounds of fresh, nutritious surplus produce from over 50 tri-county grower-shippers and distributed it to food banks throughout the West Coast. The produce is distributed in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties first, where it feeds over 157,500 low-income people each month through local food banks working with over 240 agencies before being distributed to millions more in need. To learn more, visit www.agagainsthunger.org. Become a fan on Facebook.

Source: Ag Against Hunger