San Diego-based The Bumble Bee Seafood Company is partnering with Dole Packaged Foods to further its commitment to providing nutrition access and education in underserved areas of the country. The 122-year-old seafood company will serve as the exclusive seafood partner for the “Sunshine for All Cities” program, which brings healthy foods and educational opportunities to those who lack access.
“As a company, we believe that everyone deserves to be able to enjoy healthy, delicious and nutritious foods – no matter what,” said Jan Tharp, president and CEO of Bumble Bee. “With a kid-friendly, highly nutritious product like tuna, we knew the partnership with DPF and the opportunity to feed kids’ minds and bodies would be a perfect fit.”
Bumble Bee is committing high-quality, protein-packed seafood products, chef and nutritionist support and a monetary grant to fuel the program in Jackson, Mississippi. The support from Bumble Bee will go toward growing key program initiatives including the Kids Cooking Camp, pop-up farmers’ markets and recipe development.
Beyond Jackson, Bumble Bee’s team of chefs and nutritionists will create healthy, seafood-centric recipes to be included in DPF’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children Recipe Booklet, which is distributed in communities throughout the country.
“We’re thrilled to have Bumble Bee join our ongoing efforts to address the critical challenges of food accessibility and affordability, as well as nutrition education around the world,” said Orzse Hodi, SVP and managing director for Dole Packaged Foods. “Their generous donation and aid will bring us closer to achieving the Dole Promise of providing good nutrition for 1 billion people by 2025.”
Tuna is a versatile and affordable source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients. The U.S. Department of Agriculture 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that all ages, including young children and pregnant women, eat seafood at least twice weekly – an amount that less than 20 percent of Americans are currently meeting.
The Bumble Bee Seafood Company’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, Anova, Brunswick, Clover Leaf, Snow’s, Wild Selections and Beach Cliff.
For more information, visit BumbleBee.com.