Due to the need for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Ian, the Southeast Produce Council has made a $10,000 donation to Samaritan’s Purse and its three Disaster Relief Units in Florida – Fort Myers, Englewood and Punta Gorda.
“We are so very grateful for the gracious support of the Southeast Produce Council. It is a privilege to partner in providing tangible help to those in Florida who have been affected by Hurricane Ian,” said Michael Dukes, regional director for Donor Ministries.
“The need is tremendous and homeowners are at a loss for where to turn. Samaritan’s Purse staff and volunteers remain committed to serving as the hands and feet of Jesus to help those in their suffering. Again, we are grateful to co-labor in this response with the SEPC.”
As part of its SEPC Cares initiative, SEPC will continue with aid efforts through its partnership with Society of St. Andrew, as well as The Farmlink Project to provide fresh produce to those who have been affected. The immediate need is for produce with a longer shelf life as several will be without power and refrigeration capabilities for some time.
“One of our SEPC pillars is helping those in need – whether that is through time, talent or treasure,” said Tim Graas, SEPC board chairman and member of Associated Wholesale Grocers.
“We are committed to helping our neighbors during this difficult time and we are proud to partner with Samaritan’s Purse, Society of St. Andrew and The Farmlink Project to secure vital resources and deliver to those most in need.”
SEPC is a nonprofit of more than 3,000 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.
For more information, visit seproducecouncil.com.
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