Concluding its 15th year of participation, Allen Lund Company announced record produce donations for the 2018 Navidad en el Barrio event. Navidad en el Barrio, which was established in 1972 by former NFL kicker Danny Villanueva, continues its mission to provide a healthy Christmas dinner to the most underserved families in Southern California.
“2018 was a remarkable year for Navidad en el Barrio,” said Nora Trueblood, MarCom director for ALC. “We had growers from Texas, Idaho, Washington and California participate this year, which translated to four full truckloads of fresh produce. We were able to provide an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables to every family—which does not happen every year.
“What made this year especially wonderful was the new growers, many of whom we met at PMA Fresh Summit, that were first-time donors to this program,” said Trueblood. “From potatoes, and carrots to citrus, apples, pumpkins, mixed greens and avocados, every family had fresh items in their dinner baskets.”
The fresh items are added to a basket that includes staples featuring rice, tortillas, water, pasta, tomato sauce, beans, and fresh chicken.
ALC provided the coordination of donated product as well as logistical support of moving produce from Texas, Idaho, Washington and in-state California to the warehouse for distribution recently. The company’s contract carriers, Wanship and Chevez Express, stepped in and donated time and equipment to assist in this year’s Navidad en el Barrio event.
Donors for 2018 included: Rainer Fruit, Bonipak Produce, Wada Farms, Grimmway, Cacique Inc, Coca-Cola Refreshments, Faribault Foods, Mother’s Nutritional Center, Northgate Supermarkets, Wonderful Citrus, Mission Produce, Garofalo Pasta/Advantage Solutions, El Dorado Growers, Naturipe, J & D Produce, Gem-Pack Berries, Sage Fruit Company, Novamex and American Fresh Produce.
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