The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) partnered with the Society of St. Andrew to distribute free produce during its second annual community food distribution July 21 in Macon, Georgia.
Reinforcing their SEPC Cares initiative, member volunteers joined the SoSA team, in collaboration with Atrium Hospital, to provide much-needed provisions for the community.
“Thank you to the SEPC and many SEPC members for donating space, trucks, food, boxes and volunteers for the Annual Macon Drop in Georgia. We distributed more than 70,000 pounds of fresh produce to those experiencing hunger in Bibb County, Georgia. This year, we coordinated two trucks worth of donations from Florida, Georgia and beyond,” said Kelly Stainner of the Society of St. Andrew.
The Southeast Produce Council is thankful for the support of its member companies that donated time, energy and resources to the cause.
“Thank you to Jear Logistics for providing the transportation from Georgia. Special thanks to Lane Southern Orchards and Mack Farms for providing the packing house space for members to deliver ahead of the event and Pratt AG for donating 3,000 boxes for volunteers to pack the food in,” Stainner continued.
“Thank you also to Bland Farms, Shuman Farms, Southern Valley, Freshway Produce, Pure Flavor, Titan Farms, Mack Farms, Lipman Family Farms, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Nickey Gregory Company and Lane Southern Orchards.
“Thanks to these members’ support, we could give 20 pounds of fresh food to over 3,700 families.”
In addition to financial support as well as disaster relief donations, the SEPC also works with the Society of St. Andrew to donate all leftover food from Southern Exposure and Southern Innovations each year to help those who are hungry in the Southeast.
The Southeast Produce Council (SEPC) began in 1999, when a shared vision for cultivating a nonprofit Southeastern-based produce organization was planted.
From the first formal meeting of the SEPC, where 100 agriculture, retail and foodservice professionals gathered, it has grown into an organization of more than 4,000 industry professionals with a range of backgrounds and expertise.