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Caruso USA Donates 75K Pounds Of Produce For Labor Day

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Caruso USA is commemorating the Labor Day holiday by donating 75,600 pounds of fresh corn and potatoes to area food banks.

The Sharonville, Ohio-based fresh food provider is giving away 33,000 pounds of sweet potatoes and gold potatoes to Freestore Foodbank in Cincinnati, and 26,600 pounds of sweet corn and 16,000 sweet potatoes to Last Mile Food Rescue in Norwood. 

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“We like to think that Caruso USA helps bring food to America, but the real heroes are the teams at Freestore Foodbank and Last Mile Food Rescue because they’re giving food to our neighbors in need,” said Jim Caruso, CEO of Caruso USA.

“Caruso has a long tradition of contributing to worthy causes, and we are glad to take this opportunity to recognize the people engaged in the hard labor of taking care of people’s basic needs.” 

Caruso USA distributes fresh produce and prepared food items to major grocery store chains and retailers across the country. The business also offers nationwide logistics services with a fleet of 200 refrigerated trucks and nine depots in the Midwest and Southeast. Caruso USA also specializes in direct store delivery services that provide value-added solutions to retailers, including replenishment and merchandising support. 

Corn is one of Caruso’s most popular products, with the company sourcing its produce from growers across eight states. The company’s corn supply is from farms in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana and is distributed to many major grocers and retailers across the country. 

“Last Mile Food Rescue is grateful for this 42,600-pound donation of produce from Caruso USA, allowing 35,500 meals to be provided to the area’s food insecure, as a part of our mission to end food waste and hunger,” said Eileen Budo, CEO of Last Mile Food Rescue.

“This is a full-circle opportunity to take produce like corn that’s grown right in Ohio and get it to those who need it most.” 

Kurt Reiber, CEO of Freestore Foodbank, said, “This Labor Day, we recognize the work we’re doing to help put food on the table for those in need, but there’s much more to be done. Thank you to Caruso USA for helping others enjoy fresh produce during this end-of-summer holiday.” 

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