Canned seafood manufacturer eclipses $1 million in food donations in 2023

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Nutrient-dense sockeye salmon will be distributed across the U.S.

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Wild Planet Foods donated the equivalent of 710,000 nutrient-rich seafood meals to hunger relief organizations last year. Courtesy photo.

Last week, California-based Wild Planet Foods announced a milestone in addressing hunger relief in the United States: $1.1 million in food donations this year, the equivalent of 710,o00 meals. 

Wild Planet is working with prominent hunger relief organization Feed the Hungry to distribute its canned seafood products to outlets around the country that are helping people who are facing economic hardships and food insecurity. 

“At Feed the Hungry, we’re dedicated to feeding the poor and hungry around the world so that they may find comfort in having a nourishing meal that they may otherwise not have access to,” said Dave Flowers at Feed the Hungry. “We are extremely fortunate to be partnering with Wild Planet this holiday season to bring wholesome, high-protein options and a little bit of cheer to those who need it most.”

Citing U.S. Department of Agriculture data, more than 44 million people in the United States are considered food insecure, the organization stated, with inflation and the rising cost of food leaving many without access to the most nutritious options like seafood. The December donation is mainly Wild Planet’s Wild Sockeye Salmon with Skin & Bones, a calcium-rich product that also boasts vitamin D, protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Donations will be delivered to various locations across the country, including Food Lifeline (Washington), Hope for the Heart Relief Center – Church of Glad Tidings (California), the Salvation Army and North Start Bridge (Oklahoma).

Wild Planet uses selective harvesting methods that target just one species at a time to help eliminate bycatch, which often means catching tuna without nets, only using a pole and line, or sourcing from well-managed and highly respected fisheries for salmon and mackerel.

“Transforming fishing into a force for good is a cornerstone of Wild Planet’s mission and purpose, especially when it comes to ensuring seafood is not wasted and can be enjoyed for future generations to come,” said Heather Scott, senior VP of marketing at Wild Planet. “Adding to our donation efforts from the rest of the year, it is our privilege to join forces with Feed the Hungry to make our protein-packed, sustainably-caught, canned seafood options accessible to people struggling with food insecurity across the country.”


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