Food and Beverage People Look Beyond Profit at Thanksgiving

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FoodAndBeveragePeople.com reviews the extensive efforts by companies in the food and beverage industry to ensure thousands can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal this year.

According to Feeding America, a nationwide network of member food banks and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, emergency food is no longer used to meet only temporary food needs. According to the non-profit organization, 54% of their clients have visited a food pantry monthly for at least six months or more during the past year.

While canned vegetables, peanut butter and boxed pasta are appreciated by the 49 million Americans who are food-insecure, not being able to afford a Turkey for a family Thanksgiving meal is unconscionable.

Many companies, who profit from the food industry throughout the year, are acutely aware of the food challenges faced by many, and step up their philanthropic efforts at this time of year to ensure thousands of families can enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

This week’s feature article, entitled “Giving Thanks – 2011” recognizes the efforts of individuals across the country, and recaps the generous donations from many businesses like Connecticut-based Stew Leonard’s and Ohio-based Cooper Farms. As a group, the companies FoodAndBeveragePeople.com reviewed donated over 130,000 pounds of poultry this month through their community food banks, faith-based organizations and Ronald McDonald House Charities®.

FoodAndBeveragePeople.com is dedicated to covering the people and businesses that are part of the field to fork cycle. In addition to news stories, we help people find jobs in these essential industries. With gracious and ongoing charitable programs that look beyond profit -- it’s an industry we’re honored to serve.

“Giving Thanks – 2011” is part of an ongoing series of articles about the good work being done within the industry. FoodAndBeveragePeople.com has also saluted the industry for their Veterans Day efforts and reflected on promoting Breast Cancer Awareness through the merchandising of food.

About the website: FoodAndBeveragePeople.com (food and beverage people dot com) is for and about the people that drive the food and beverage industry in the United States. Industry professionals at every stage of their career will find job listings, news, newsmakers and industry trends to inform their business and career decisions. Individuals needing to keep up with the vast food and beverage industry, but with little time to spare can sign up on the site for free e-mail newsletter service or follow us on http://twitter.com/foodandbevbiz.

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