MountainKing’s COVID aid effort exceeds 1.6 million kilos of contemporary potatoes for the Houston Meals Financial institution
A year after the first shipment of COVID-19 to the Houston Food Bank, MountainKing has now shipped more than 1.6 million pounds of fresh potatoes to the nonprofit dedicated to providing nutritious meals to nutritious people.
“MountainKing has been a supporter of the Houston Food Bank and its mission to provide food for a better life for years,” said Andreas Trettin, the company’s director of marketing. “As a Houston-based company, now more than ever, it is imperative that we care for other Houstonians and our neighbors in southeast Texas.”
Houston Food Bank is the largest food bank in the country by distribution and continues to route MountainKing’s fresh potatoes to its network of 1,500 pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers and schools.
“Today more than ever, it is more important than ever to be able to provide nutritious foods to our community partners to help those struggling with food insecurity,” said Brian Greene, President / CEO of Houston Food Bank. “Fresh potatoes are ideal because of their nutritional value and long shelf life, and we thank MountainKing for their continued generosity and support in helping us provide food for better lives.”
In the last fiscal year of the Houston Food Bank, which included the COVID-19 response, the organization granted access to 159 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas. More than 1.1 million people in the area served by the Food Bank are considered food unsafe, which means they do not have consistent access to enough nutritious foods to lead healthy lives
While Trettin adds that MountainKing is proud of its COVID-19 relief efforts to date, the company’s donations are “a sober reminder of how devastating COVID-19 has been to families and the importance of putting a nutritious meal on the table . ”
MountainKing’s subsidiary Schoenmann Produce has also supplied around 500,000 pounds of fresh produce to the Houston Food Bank.
“The Food Bank’s ability to accept large quantities of product and distribute it to the sales force makes the organization an invaluable part of our community,” added Cary Hoffman, President and Owner of Schoenmann Produce. Hoffman is also a former member of the Houston Food Bank’s board of directors.
Both MountainKing and Schoenmann Produce will continue to supply products to the Houston Food Bank, Trettin added.
“When it comes to the COVID-19 relief efforts, we have a long line to hack,” he adds.