A leader in animal protein production announced Monday a donation of nearly $5 million aimed to help food banks struggling with increased food prices.
A leader in animal protein production announced Monday a donation of nearly $5 million aimed to help food banks struggling with increased prices.
Cargill donated $4.9 million to member food banks within the Feeding America network. The company said $1.9 million of the donation will go specifically toward ensuring Americans have easier access to protein.
The donation, which supports the North American Meat Institute Protein Pact for the People, Animals and Climate of Tomorrow, will be used to create and/or optimize “protein pack rooms” to refrigerate, store, and allow workers to repackage protein for individual needs. “A 30′ x 40′ pack room has the potential to prepare 300,000 pounds of bulk protein per year,” Cargill said.
“More than 38 million people in America face hunger. As food and transportation costs continue to rise across the country, protein remains a high-need food item and food banks are feeling that demand,” Erika Thiem, Feeding America‘s chief supply chain officer, said in a press release. “Feeding America is grateful for the generous contribution from Cargill and for NAMI’s support through their Protein PACT as we strive to close the protein gap and provide neighbors with the nutrition needed to thrive now and into the future.”