Ingles Markets will donate 4,325 gallons of milk to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville, Tennessee as part of the Randy Davis Memorial Milk Drive.
Throughout the month of May, Ingles customers purchased gallons of milk during milk drives held at Knoxville area Ingles stores. All donations will go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank of Knoxville.
“Ingles is very proud to work closely with East Tennessee Dairy Farmers and Milkco (a division of Ingles Markets), along with media partner Q100.3-FM to ensure the highest quality milk is distributed to families in need throughout East Tennessee,” said Melissa Leavell, director of advertising for Ingles Markets.
Milkco is a processing plant owned by Ingles Markets which uses east Tennessee dairy farmers to produce fresh Laura Lyn milk.
The donation will be presented on Tuesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at Second Harvest Food Bank at 136 Harvest Lane in Maryville, Tennessee.
Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to lead the community in the fight to end hunger. It is the east Tennessee region’s largest hunger-relief charity, operating programs in 18 counties. Milk is a vital resource often overlooked at food banks and pantries.
Ingles Markets is a leading supermarket chain operating in six southeastern States. With 200 stores in operation, Ingles is headquartered in Asheville North Carolina. The company’s Class A stock is traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Market, under the symbol IMKTA.
Ingles Markets make an effort to help its communities through sustainability, fundraising and charitable giving efforts, such as this milk donation. Ingles offers community non-profits to raise donations through a discounted donut sale program and eligible non-profit organizations can apply for donations through its community giving program. Since 1998, Ingles has raised more than $16 million for local schools through its tools for schools program.
Ingles has a series of initiatives to improve sustainability in stores, products, and the warehouse and distribution system. The company works with vendors to reduce packaging size and waste and encourages them to use recyclable and biodegradable packaging. Ingles also encourages customers to return plastic bags to stores for recycling.