The Bumble Bee Seafood Co., based in San Diego, California, says that it will donate $1 million worth of its shelf-stable seafood products to Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks. The organization will distribute the much-needed supplies to Feeding San Diego, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey.
All three food banks are in communities where the company continues to operate daily. The donation is part of the company’s initiative to ensure that everyone has access to affordable and pure nutrition inspired by the ocean.
“We are a people-first organization and that’s why it is so important for us to give back to the communities in which we do business,” said Jan Tharp, president and CEO for Bumble Bee. “It is our sincere hope that our product donations will mean that people in need will gain access to a nutritious and delicious ocean-inspired meal that they may not have otherwise had access to during this time.”
Tharp said the safety and health of the company’s employees is always a top priority and that the same people-first approach is keeping their operations up and running during this crisis. In addition to following all CDC protocols at its manufacturing facilities, the company is also implementing mandatory temperature scanning of all employees before they enter the plants and has increased the use of PPE for all employees. Bumble Bee has allotted $1.2 million in increased hourly wages for their factory workers who are playing a critical role in producing products to feed families across the country.
“We have an incredibly dedicated and talented employee base worldwide that is reflective of the epitome of what this company stands for and believes in,” said Tharp. “There is so much uncertainty in the world right now, and we know people are counting on the food industry to come through. At Bumble Bee, we’re taking our role and responsibility seriously.”
Tharp said the company has deep experience and expertise in sales and supply chain management, and she is confident in their ability to navigate through and meet consumer needs in the weeks ahead. Bumble Bee has ramped up its purchase of raw materials, added production days at its facilities, expanded its sourcing efforts and narrowed its immediate focus on delivering its most in-demand products to market.
Bumble Bee’s full line of seafood and specialty protein products are marketed in the U.S., Canada and over 50 markets globally under leading brands including Bumble Bee, Brunswick, Clover Leaf, Snow’s, Wild Selections and Beach Cliff.