Coffee Industry Volunteers to Ready Food Donations for Use by Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries
New York (November 30, 2012) – The National Coffee Association (NCA) is sponsoring a Day or Service at the Food Bank of New York at its warehouse facility in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx. Volunteers from the coffee industry will work with Food Bank staff to repack large food donations received in bulk containers into sizes suitable for soup kitchens and food pantries.
“In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the National Coffee Association is rallying the coffee industry to engage in public service to give back to those in need,” said Robert F. Nelson, NCA president & CEO. “NCA launched its Day of Service at its centennial convention in 2011, helping the city of New Orleans rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. The tradition continues today in New York, which ironically is rebounding from its own natural catastrophe, Hurricane Sandy.”
Every weekday, the Food Bank of New York collects, stores, repacks and distributes food to a network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs throughout the five boroughs. From its 90,000 square foot warehouse in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx, the Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food every year, including approximately 13 million pounds of fresh produce and more than one million pounds of meat and seafood. To date, the Food Bank has distributed more than 958 million pounds of food.
About the National Coffee Association
The National Coffee Association of U.S.A, Inc. (NCA), established in 1911, is the leading trade organization for the coffee industry in the United States. NCA is the only trade association that serves all segments of the U.S. coffee industry, including traditional and specialty companies. A majority of NCA membership, which accounts for over 90% of U.S. coffee commerce, is comprised of small and mid-sized companies and includes growers, roasters, retailers, importer/exporters, wholesaler/suppliers and allied industry businesses. NCA offers a wide array of services, focusing on market and scientific research, domestic and international government relations, issues management and public relations, and education. The NCA’s core purpose is to champion the well-being of the U.S. coffee industry within the context of the world coffee community. Visit www.ncausa.org.