FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. - Chiquita has donated 1 million bananas to children and seniors impacted by food shortages in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“At the heart of Chiquita, we are farmers and banana growers who recognize our responsibility to provide nutritious bananas to people facing food insecurity during these uncertain times,” said Carlos Lopez Flores, president of Chiquita. “We are fortunate that we are able to donate fresh bananas to the many organizations in need and will continue to work with our partners at a local and national level to ensure we’re maintaining our mission of being a good neighbor. We hope our donations not only provide the much-needed nutrition, but also a smile to those in need.”
The donation comes through partnerships with Feeding America, the YMCA and various hospitals and school districts.
“Proper nutrition is critical for a healthy lifestyle, and many people across the country are losing access to food due to school and business closures, as well as other challenges,” said Mike Piotrowski, director of produce operations at Feeding America. “We’re proud to have generous partners like Chiquita on our side, who not only fight hunger year-round, but are also stepping up to address the increased need that has resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In addition to the banana donations, Chiquita also has safe, at-home activities on its website including puzzles, games and recipes for families in need of activities to do at home, which can be found here.