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International Paper donates 10,000 corrugated boxes to FBCENC
NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) International Paper donated 10,000 IP corrugated boxes to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Boxes were delivered to the FBCENC headquarters and distribution center in Raleigh where they were packaged and distributed to five other distribution centers across the 34-county service area.
They will be picked up by nonprofit partners for their clients and families.
Each family typically receives one box filled with enough food for 20 meals, supporting 10,000 food insecure families or individuals in a crisis.
“Food insecurity is a critical problem in our local communities and the COVID-19 pandemic has added to an already existing issue,” said Adam Miklos, mill manager, New Bern, N.C., Mill. “We are happy to continue our collaboration with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina as they work to meet the increased need during this pandemic.”
International Paper has donated nearly one million boxes to assist organizations in fighting hunger during the pandemic.
International Paper Donates Boxes to The Global FoodBanking Network to Respond to COVID-19 in Mexico
International Paper (NYSE: IP) is taking action to address hunger and meet critical community needs during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. The world’s leading producer of renewable, fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper has committed to donating hundreds of thousands of essential corrugated boxes to The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) to address hunger in the most vulnerable communities around the world.
In Mexico, 200,000 boxes are being used to transport food throughout 22 communities supported by GFN member Banco de Alimentos de México (BAMX), the national food banking association in Mexico. BAMX is reporting an estimated 51-60% increase in demand for emergency food assistance.
Food banks around the world are seeing an overwhelming increase in demand for food aid, and GFN plays an important role in supporting local food banks that are on the front lines of providing hunger relief during this crisis.
“More than half of the food banks GFN serves are in Latin America, where necessary measures to contain the virus are having devastating effects on low-income families. Food banks are on the front lines of this global crisis,” said Lisa Moon, President and CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network. “GFN is providing technical and financial support in all countries where we have members to ensure all vulnerable communities are able access food during this time.”
“Our products are a critical part of the supply chain required to produce and deliver food, pharmaceuticals, hygiene products and emergency supplies for consumers around the world,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, Community Engagement, International Paper and executive director, The IP Foundation. “Our boxes are essential for the charities in our communities around the world. They enable these organizations to cast a wider safety net for those in need.”
Since 2018, International Paper has worked with The Global FoodBanking Network to expand child-focused programming to feed food insecure and undernourished children in Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Poland, Spain and Italy. In response to the pandemic, International Paper began working with GFN to determine where its corrugated boxes could be used to ensure the safe transport of healthy and nutritious food within the GFN network.
“When we learned of the increased need in Mexico, a country in which we operate 15 locations, we knew this was an opportunity to provide these communities with the essential products required to distribute food,” said Campbell Shaw. “I applaud all our employees in Mexico, especially those on the production lines at our Monterrey, Nuevo León and Ixtaczoquitlán, Veracruz, box plants who are working safely to produce this essential resource during this trying time.”
About International Paper:
International Paper is one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper. We create packaging products that protect and promote goods, enable worldwide commerce and keep consumers safe; pulp for diapers, tissue and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication.