Brothers-All-Natural Donates Healthy Fruit Snacks to help Fight Child Hunger in the Imperial Valley

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Helping a community in need during March, the National Nutrition Month.

Fighting Hunger – bringing Health and Hope to the Imperial Valley.

March is National Nutrition Month and it’s a great time to get involved and help support child nutrition programs that many communities depend on. Brothers-All-Natural has just donated 3,000 bags of Asian Pear Fruit Crisps to the Imperial Valley Food Bank for their partnered Backpack Program, and urges other organizations to do the same. “At Brothers-All-Natural, we are committed to providing healthy, convenient snacks for all ages. Child nutrition is extremely important to us, and we are pleased to support such a valuable program," said Travis Betters, Co-CEO of Brothers International Food Corporation.

The Imperial Valley is located in the most southeasterly region of California, and consists of both rural and small-town communities. Imperial County has a food insecurity rate of 27.6% (CA as a whole is 17.1%) and a CHILD food insecurity rate of 43.8% (CA as a whole is 26.8).* The Imperial Valley Food Bank works with almost 60 partner organizations in the community to provide food for 20,000 community members per month. They are a “Partner Distribution Organization” of Feeding America San Diego and they distribute food for the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program. Their mission statement is “Fighting Hunger – bringing Health and Hope to the Imperial Valley”.

The Backpack Program is a partnership with the Imperial Valley Food Bank and 35 schools around the Imperial Valley, and provides almost 600 students with backpacks of food. Students are referred to the program through their teacher or the school counselors, who are trained to look for signs of chronic hunger. Roughly 68% of students in Imperial Valley are eligible for federal nutrition programs (free/reduced price breakfasts and lunches, etc.) and they have found that the free breakfasts and lunches are the only meals some children are getting.* The Backpack Program provides these students, who only get regular meals through the free breakfast and lunch programs, with food to eat over the weekend.

Many children in the Imperial Valley are undernourished, such that when they eat, they often eat low-quality, low-nutrient, highly processed foods. For this reason, Brothers-All-Natural has made a donation to this program. Their freeze-dried Fruit Crisps are 100% fruit, with no additives or preservatives, and have the same nutrition as fresh fruit. These snacks are perfect for the Backpack Program because each bag of Fruit Crisps provides a full serving of fruit; and because the fruit is freeze-dried it will not spoil like fresh fruit. Additionally, Brothers-All-Natural Fruit Crisps are safe to eat for those with food allergies. Every product is gluten free, soy free, peanut/tree nut free, vegan, and OU Kosher certified.

The Backpack Program needs donations of nutritious food options to feed these children. Learn more about the Backpack program at the Imperial Valley Food Bank website: http://www.ivfoodbank.com To get involved in this great cause, contact the Imperial Valley Food Bank at 760-370-0966. To find a BackPack Program in your community, visit the Feeding America website.

For more information about Brothers-All-Natural® Fruit Crisps or other products, please visit their website at http://www.brothersallnatural.com

About Brothers International Food Corporation
Brothers International Food Corporation is a privately owned food and beverage company based in New York with offices in North Carolina, China and Ecuador. The company was founded in 2001 by brothers Matt and Travis Betters, whose family was involved in the processed fruit and vegetable industry for more than 65 years. In addition to supplying top-quality fruit and fruit juice concentrates to a number of Fortune 100 food companies, Brothers International is the parent company of Brothers-All-Natural, producing all-natural 100% fruit that is freeze-dried, as well as Fruit & Oats, and Lost Vineyards, importing low-cost wines from little-known vineyards in Europe and South America.

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*Feeding America: http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap.aspx

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