Dole has given away 2.2 million pounds of fresh fruit to people in need
The company is helping communities both in the US and Latin America
Dole Food Company announced this week that it has so far donated more than two million pounds of fresh produce to communities in need right along its supply chain. That includes local food banks in the US and communities in Latin America.
Dole grows its tropical fruits, like bananas and pineapple, in Latin America and the covid-19 crisis has hit hard there too.
CEO Johan Linden said: “The virus is ruthless, and we have seen the brutal impact it has had on people—directly to their health and their income. We want to answer the needs of the communities around our operations and do what we can to strengthen them during this moment of hardship.”
Of course the impacts of covid-19 are being felt across the US, as we’ve seen. Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego, said: “While medical providers and first responders battle the COVID-19 crisis, Feeding San Diego is battling unprecedented hunger across San Diego County. One of our most important allies in this fight is Dole Food Company, a significant employer at the Port of San Diego. Dole continues to regularly donate large amounts of nutritious fresh fruit, especially bananas, which are very popular in the community and contribute to good health.
"Dole is to be commended for helping Feeding San Diego take care of those in need all year round, but especially during the current health crisis.”
Dole is also distributing household supplies such as rice, beans and cooking oil to employees and local communities. Beyond food, the company is also providing masks, sanitizing gel, testing kits and other health supporting supplies.