Family-owned California poultry producer Foster Farms donated $100,000 on Oct. 16 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) to help meet the critical needs of families displaced by the Northern California fires. REFB, based in Santa Rosa, serves communities that are among the most affected by the fires, with thousands of homes destroyed and tens of thousands of residents evacuated.
Foster Farms also pledged to deliver 10,000 pounds of poultry products to REFB once it resumes the ability to accept and distribute perishable food donations.
“Foster Farms has served the communities of Northern California for decades, and we are committed to helping our neighbors whose lives have been devastated by the raging wildfires,” said Laura Flanagan, CEO of Foster Farms. “Helping those in need is a year-round priority for Foster Farms, and we hope that our donations will give a ray of hope to those who have lost so much. We encourage other Northern California businesses and individuals to support REFB in its efforts to help those displaced by the fires.”
“We are so grateful for the support and generosity of Foster Farms,” said David Goodman, CEO of REFB. “Their donation of $100,000 not only helps with immediate needs of fire victims but also longer-term efforts that continue as part of the disaster recovery and rebuilding. Protein donations are extremely valuable and critical to our ability to provide for the families who rely on our services.”
Every November, Foster Farms donates whole turkeys to food banks in California, Oregon and Washington to help make the holiday season a little brighter for those in need. This year, Foster Farms will deliver 1,000 turkeys to REFB, which will help the food bank provide 20,000 holiday meals.