FMC Corp. Partners with Philabundance to Fight Hunger in the Delaware Valley
FMC Sponsors a Fresh For All Site that Distributes Fresh Produce in South Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pa.- May xx, 2011- FMC Corporation and Philabundance recently teamed up to fight hunger in the Delaware Valley. FMC Corporation will sponsor and underwrite all program expenses for Philabundance’s South Philadelphia Fresh For All location for one year. Pierre Brondeau president, CEO and chairman of the board of FMC Corporation led the FMC executive team in volunteering at the site to launch the partnership on Friday, May 13th.
Fresh For All is like a travelling farmer’s market that provides free produce to those who need it most. In fiscal 2010, the Fresh For All program distributed 2.5 million pounds of produce to 7500 people per week. The South Philadelphia site provides about five pounds of produce to approximately 250 households each week. Last year, this site provided more than 200,000 pounds of fresh produce to neighbors in need. This Fresh For All location is located at Tasker and Front Streets under the I-95 underpass.
Poor global weather conditions are driving up the demand and cost of fresh fruits and vegetables. Increasing food and gas prices have put a strain on industry donors that typically donate produce to Philabundance. Produce donations from the port have dropped 66 percent from March of this year compared to March of last year. This decrease significantly impacts Philabundance because 60 percent of the food Philabundance distributes is produce. Fresh For All is an essential program that gives free produce to people who can’t afford to buy it.
“This partnership with FMC will further help Philabundance fulfill our mission,” said Bill Clark, president and executive director Philabundance. “FMC is making a huge impact on the community and by supporting the Fresh For All program they are ensuring neighbors in need have access to fresh produce.”
“We are extremely pleased to support the important work of Philabundance,” said FMC’s Pierre Brondeau, CEO and chairman of the board. “FMC has been deeply involved in the food industry since our inception over 128 years ago and this is a very appropriate way for the company and our employees to contribute to the well being of the Delaware Valley.”
With superior technology and strong partnerships the people of FMC are finding solutions for customers who are working to change lives for the better. Today, FMC is a market leader in Agricultural, Specialty and Industrial chemical markets.
FMC has been a significant part of the business community in the Delaware Valley for many years and in 1975 consolidated the headquarters for its chemical businesses in Philadelphia. In 2001, Philadelphia was named FMC’s corporate headquarters. The company has lent its philanthropic support to the local community and is now partnering with Philabundance to fight hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley.
Philabundance reduces hunger and food insecurity in the Delaware Valley by providing food access to people in need in partnership with organizations and individuals. Philabundance provides a full plate of services to close to 500 member agencies in 9 counties, who serve approximately 65,000 people per week at an aggregate cost of 50 cents per meal. There are more than 900,000 people in the Delaware Valley who are at risk for chronic hunger and malnutrition. In 2010, Philabundance distributed 21 million pounds of food. For more information about Philabundance, visit www.philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.
FMC Corporation is a diversified chemical company serving agricultural, industrial and consumer markets globally for more than a century with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. The company employs approximately 4,900 people throughout the world, including more than 700 in the Delaware Valley, and operates its businesses in three segments: Agricultural Products, Specialty Chemicals and Industrial Chemicals.