KeHE Fights Food Scarcity at Expo West with Meal-Packing Event
Will Pack 2,000 Boxes Providing 100,000 Meals to Be Distributed by Children’s Hunger Fund
Naperville, Ill., February 22, 2019 – KeHE Cares™, the non-profit foundation of KeHE Distributors, a distributor of natural and organic specialty and fresh foods, is sponsoring a March 7 food packing event at Natural Products Expo West 2019 in Anaheim, CA, to assist local residents facing challenges in feeding their families.
In a 2.5-hour effort co-sponsored by Expo West producer New Hope Network and KeHE’s CAREtrade® partner, This Bar Saves Lives, KeHE employees and show attendees will be packing 2,000 boxes containing enough food for 100,000 meals that will be distributed to community members in need by the Children’s Hunger Fund.
Each box will include staples such as pasta, rice, lentils, tuna, macaroni and cheese, canned tomatoes, jerky, applesauce, dried fruit, sunflower butter, and nutrition bars. All food has been donated by KeHE supplier partners, including Annie’s Homegrown, Arrowhead Mills, Cadia, Go Go Squeez, Nutiva, Patience Fruit, Peeled Snacks, Pomi, Sahale Snacks, SunButter, This Bar Saves Lives, Tilda and World Finer Foods – DaVinci.
The initiative will be the largest serving event ever held at Expo West as well as the latest philanthropic project by KeHE Cares, the charitable arm of KeHE that promotes serving opportunities by the company’s employee-owners. KeHE contributes 10% of company profits to KeHE Cares activities, which range from serving in local soup kitchens to creating healthy meal kits for the hungry, building and repairing homes, collecting relief supplies, and providing medical and social assistance to those in need locally and abroad.
“We have always been struck by the contrast between the seemingly endless food supplies at Expo West and the economic need in the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Brandon Barnholt, President and CEO, KeHE. “This event is our effort to address that imbalance and literally put food on the table for local families who may be struggling.”
The event will kick off at 7:30 a.m. PST on March 7 outside of the Anaheim Marriott, adjacent to the Anaheim Convention Center, the location of Expo West.
With its nationwide distribution network, KeHE Distributors LLC (KeHE) provides natural & organic, specialty, ethnic & fresh products to chain and independent grocery and natural food stores and other specialty product retailers throughout North America. KeHE is an employee-owned company with over 5,000 employee-owners in the U.S. and Canada. Where KeHE goes, goodness follows.® For more about KeHE, visit KeHE.com or check out our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, & LinkedIn.