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Help Arrives: Amy’s Kitchen Donates Food to Tornado Victims
Fifteen Pallets of Amy’s Reach Stricken Area of Alabama
Petaluma, California. – Amy’s Kitchen, the nation’s leading producer of natural and organic convenience foods, partnered with Nourish America to coordinate much needed food supplies to parts of the Southeastern U.S. that were devastated by April’s unusually powerful tornados.
Alabama State Senator Linda Coleman (pictured right) was on hand as eleven pallets (38,000 servings) of Amy’s nutritious soups and four pallets of dry pasta – a donation valued at over $55,000 – arrived on June 10, 2011 at the McAlpine Recreation Center in Birmingham, Alabama, to an excited welcome.
“The arrival of the soups and pasta are perfectly timed,” said Bacalla Malden, Administrative Assistant to Birmingham’s Mayor William Bell, who is the Site Coordinator during this crisis.
“The tornado survivors and their families there are settling into long-term temporary housing. Since many of the affected families did not have insurance, they have lost everything. If they have resources, they are severely limited. Setting up kitchens is very challenging for them. The need for grocery items has significantly increased at assistance facilities and your products will help to fill a great need,” said Malden.
More than 300 people died and thousands were reported injured between April 25th and April 28th, with most of the deaths in the state of Alabama.
Tornados estimated to be as wide as a mile laid waste to neighborhoods and entire towns. Though the tragedy of the tornados has slipped from the headlines, the needs of those impacted remains great.
“Our hearts go out to those who have lost friends and family members as a result of the tornadoes in April,” said Cindy Gillespie, Amy’s Director of Human Resources. “We are fortunate at Amy’s to be in a position to help those who are in need as they begin to rebuild their lives in the wake of this natural disaster.”
About Nourish America
Nourish America is an award-winning 501 (c) 3 organization that provides nutritional supplements and nourishing foods (including naturals and organics) to those in need in America. Last year alone, Nourish America provided almost $3.5 million worth of nutritional products to almost 200,000 Americans in need including over 30,000 children, 1,200 pregnant mothers, 32,000 seniors and 100,000 disaster victims.
Amy’s is the nation's leading source of natural and organic convenience food. The market for organic foods is among the fastest-growing grocery categories, with sales expanding at more than 10 percent annually. Now celebrating its 23rd year, Amy's remains a family-owned and operated business based in Sonoma County, California.
Amy’s products are available nationally in natural foods stores, most supermarkets and select warehouse club stores, as well as internationally. Amy’s currently has production facilities in California, Oregon, and Corby, England; as well as its newest, in South Carolina.
Amy's uses certified organic ingredients, including vegetables, grains and fruits grown without pesticides. Fats are used sparingly and selectively; all dairy ingredients are made with pasteurized rBST hormone-free milk and do not contain animal enzymes or animal rennet. No dishes contain meat, fish, shellfish, poultry, eggs or peanuts. Amy's products are non-GMO and do not contain hydrogenated fats or oils.