PARSIPPANY, NJ-B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS) today announced a philanthropic partnership with America’s Grow-a-Row (AGAR), a nonprofit that grows and gleans fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables that are donated to those suffering from hungry or who live in areas that do not have reliable access to fresh and affordable food. In 2023, B&G Foods will make a donation $250,000 to AGAR, which will result in the planting, growing, harvesting and distribution of 1.25 million servings of fresh produce to communities in need across United States.
B&G Foods is guided by philanthropic principles adopted earlier this year, including promoting food security, supporting local communities where B&G Foods employees live and work, and accelerate diversity in the culinary arts. Its partnership with AGAR, an organization based in B&G Foods’ original state of New Jersey, is offering a new opportunity for its New Jersey-based employees to volunteer locally. Employees will have the opportunity to help harvest produce which will then be donated to other parts of the country where B&G Foods has manufacturing or distribution facilities, creating an opportunity for a full-circle giving experience and providing an opportunity for B&G Foods employees across the country to get involved.
“Partnering with AGAR is an opportunity to use our passion for food to have a real impact on communities, especially food deserts,” said Casey KellerPresident and CEO of B&G Foods. “By providing 1.25 million servings of produce to those in need, we’re making it easier for families to eat healthy, nutritious food.”
Thanks to the partnership B&G Foods will also help fund educational programs for adults and children. These programs range from “farm day” experiences for children in underserved communities to healthy cooking demonstrations, and more.
‘We are very grateful to B&G Foods for the generous donation that will do so much to further our mission,” said Paillex chip, President and Founder, America’s Grow-a-Row. “Each year we donate 2.5 million pounds of products and corporate donors like B&G Foods help us give even more to those in need.
For more information on B&G Foods’ philanthropy and other corporate social responsibility efforts, including the company’s environmental, sustainability and DEI efforts, please visit www.bgfoods.com/about/responsibility/.
About B&G Foods, Inc.
Situated at Parsippany, New Jersey, B&G Foods and its subsidiaries manufacture, sell and distribute high quality brand name shelf stable and frozen foods throughout United States, Canada and Porto Rico. With B&G Foods’ diverse portfolio of over 50 brands you know and love, including Back to Nature, B&G, B&M, bear creekCream of Wheat, Crisco, Dash, Green GiantLas Palmas, Le Sueur, At Mama Mary’s, Maple farms, New York Style, Ortega, Polaner, Spice Islands and Victoria, there is something for everyone. For more information on B&G Foods and its brands, please visit www.bgfoods.com.
About Grow-a-Row in America
America’s Grow-a-Row mission is to positively impact as many lives as possible through a volunteer effort of planting, picking, rescuing and free delivery of fresh produce. As part of its mission, AGAR educates people of all ages about the hunger crisis, nutrition and healthy eating, and agriculture. AGAR reaches more than 100,000 people each year through its hunger relief and education programs. AGAR celebrates 20 years of serving those in need in 2022 and has donated over 17 million pounds, or 68 million servings, of fresh produce since its inception. AGAR’s nutritious products are distributed to food banks, soup kitchens and pantries in New Jersey, New York City, philadelphia cream and eastern Pennsylvania. In addition, the products reach the food banks of Maine at Virginia through a Feed America mixing center at philadelphia cream. Expansion plans in 2022/2023 include the distribution of fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables in the southeastern and midwestern states.
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