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Jensen Meat Co. Donates Products to Feeding San Diego

In a generous effort to ease hunger in San Diego County, Jensen Meat Company is piling on the protein.

The nonprofit Feeding San Diego announced Feb. 23 that it had received a donation of 166,300 pounds of products from Jensen. The donation includes ground beef and plant-based meat that will be distributed by Feeding San Diego and its community partners focused on hunger-relief, which include other non-profits, faith-based organizations, and meal programs.

Jensen – a leading processor and marketer of high-quality ground beef products and plant-based beef alternatives – has donated more than 784,107 pounds of food to Feeding San Diego since 2015, including the nonprofit’s largest food donation ever – 500,000 pounds of plant-based patties – last year.

Patty O’Connor
Chief Supply Chain officer
Feeding San Diego

Feeding San Diego works with local food manufacturers like Jensen to rescue surplus food that might otherwise end up in a landfill. For this donation however, Jensen specially produced this product to donate.

“This donation from Jensen Meat Company enables us to provide a most-requested item: frozen meat protein,” said Patty O’Connor, chief supply chain officer at Feeding San Diego. “With grocery prices still inflated, families are struggling to afford high-cost items like meat and dairy. Thanks to the generosity of our local food donors, we can provide more choice to the people we serve.”

Food Rescue Mandate

Instead of disposing of food, Feeding San Diego provides an opportunity for local businesses to give back to the community by donating surplus or unsellable food. Food rescue has been in the spotlight since last year as it’s now mandated by California state law SB 1383, which requires certain food businesses to donate edible food to hunger-relief organizations rather than composting it or sending it to the landfill.   

Anthony Crivello
VP, Production
Jensen Meat Company

“Jensen Meat Company chooses to donate to Feeding San Diego because we’re from San Diego. What better of a fit than to partner up with one of our local non-profit organizations,” said Anthony Crivello, vice president of production at Jensen Meat Company. “We’re a successful company that has the means to donate these types of numbers every year. It’s very rewarding, and it’s very worthwhile.”  

Feeding San Diego and its 370 community partners serve people experiencing food insecurity, including children, families, seniors, college students, and military families and veterans.

The organization has arranged for ongoing deliveries of the plant-based protein to 22 of its partners, including Jewish Family Service, Community Resource Center, and Santa Sophia Conference.

 

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