Millen, Georgia-based Southeast Produce Council (SPC) distributed fresh donated produce on Friday, April 3, to those within the Tattnall County area in Georgia. SEPC members packed, shipped, unloaded, re-packed and distributed almost 70,000 pounds of fresh produce via a drive-thru format in order to maintain social distancing and serve as many as possible—500 families locally and another 500 will be served from food banks that received a portion of the donated product.
“The SEPC continues to make a difference in our community and marketing area during this difficult time. Our focus is still to help one another by promoting the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said SEPC President and CEO David Sherrod. “We are a ‘boots on the ground’ organization that is comprised of some of the most giving and thoughtful companies in our industry. We will continue to serve our members and community through this storm the best way we can.”
The SEPC expressed its thanks to Southern Valley, Sol Group, SMP Southeast Marketing Inc., Shuman Farms (RealSweet Onions), Lancaster Foods and Nickey Gregory Co. for their product donations and to Society of St. Andrew and Reidsville United Methodist Church for their assistance with distribution.
SEPC is a member-driven, non-profit association of more than 2,500 leaders from all facets of the produce industry. It was formed more than 20 years ago to promote the value of fresh fruits and vegetables in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia through networking, innovation, community and education. Today, SEPC is a thriving organization that continues to share and pursue its vision, mission, values and goals.