Lakeside Foods has donated close to 20,000 cases of product to food pantries since the coronavirus pandemic started in March, the company said in a news release Monday.
“We understand the essential role we play in keeping shelves stocked with nutritious, shelf-stable foods, not only at retail outlets, but also at community food pantries during this unprecedented time,” Lakeside Foods Chief Operating Officer Joe Yanda said in the release. “Our employees are invested in the communities where we operate, and they are proud to know that through their ongoing work they are helping to feed families struggling with food insecurity. Several of these donations were made because our employee teams saw a need in their communities and stepped up to help.”
The donations of canned and frozen vegetables amounts to more than $180,000 in donations, the release said, and the food was donated to pantries in communities where the company has processing facilities.
Organizations that benefited from the donations include Ruby’s Pantry and Midwest Food Bank in Minnesota, Second Harvest Food bank in southern Wisconsin, the Plainview-Elgin Food Shelf (Minnesota), 5 Loaves Pantry in northern Wisconsin, United Ministries Food Pantry in eastern Wisconsin, and Peter’s Pantry, Grow It Forward and the Lakeshore Technical College student food pantry in Manitowoc, among others.
Lakeside Foods said in its news release that it donates products throughout the year to food banks and pantries across Wisconsin and Minnesota and also has a partnership with Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin.
Lakeside Foods — a family-owned company based in Manitowoc — is a supplier of frozen and canned foods to the retail, food service and industrial sectors. Since its beginning in 1887 as a small pea-canning plant, the company has expanded to 13 processing facilities, producing canned and frozen vegetables, frozen desserts, appetizers and canned pet food that are distributed in 14 countries. It works with a network of regional farmers on its vegetable growing and harvesting operations.