RPCs will be donated after the United Fresh 2013 show
TAMPA, May 14, 2013 — IFCO SYSTEMS, the global leader in Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh products, today announced that it will provide containers to Feeding America San Diego (FASD) to support that organization’s “School’s Out, Hunger is Not” program to meet the needs of school kids during the summer. Feeding America San Diego (http://feedingamericasd.org/) will receive the RPCs after the United Fresh 2013 show May 14-16 in San Diego and then reuse them to transport grocery products from its facility north of downtown to more than 190 partners.
“IFCO is making an annual tradition of supplying RPCs to local food banks after the United Fresh show. Providing RPCs is one of many ways to support organizations like Feeding America San Diego, which will use them to improve productivity throughout their supply chain and decrease their carbon footprint,” said Fred Heptinstall, President and General Manager, IFCO SYSTEMS US.
Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is San Diego’s largest distributor of hunger-relief food, more than 21.5 million pounds within the last year, and the only Feeding America affiliate in the county. FASD works closely with over 160 partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 73,000 children, families and seniors in need each week. Devoted to feeding the hungry, advocating for a sustainable future and educating the community, FASD is committed to building a hunger - free and healthy San Diego through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships.
“Feeding America San Diego relies on community-spirited companies like IFCO to help us feed the thousands of families in need of food assistance. The IFCO RPCs are an efficient, environment-friendly way for us to transport food and other products for our direct-to-client programs and partner agencies, allowing children, families and seniors to access much needed nutritious meals,” said Jennifer Gilmore, executive director at Feeding America San Diego.
As the market leader with more than 170 million RPCs in circulation worldwide, IFCO is the leading provider of reusable containers to the fresh food sector. IFCO handles all RPC logistics, from manufacturing to cleaning to re-entry into the supply chain. After retail use, IFCO RPCs are folded, collected and shipped back to one of IFCO’s service facilities, where they are sanitized and prepared for re-use.
The Banco Alimentare receives 25.000 RPCs for their daily work
From left to right: Marco Magnelli, (General Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare), Anna Clerici (Communication Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare), Eleonora Gemini (Country Manager, IFCO SYSTEMS Italia), Cesare Rizzi (Promotion Manager, Fondazione Banco Alimentare)Milan/Pullach, March 15, 2013 — The international logistics service provider for environmentally friendly transport of fruit and vegetables expands its support for international Food Banks as part of its WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY initiative by giving 25,000 reusable plastic containers (RPCs) to the Banco Alimentare in Italy.
The Banco Alimentare of Lombardia is a Food Bank located in in the Northern part of Italy. 560 volunteers support the non-profit organization its daily business. Necessary tasks such as collecting, packing and delivering food as well as the management of the organisation are mainly carried out by volunteers.
In 2012, the association Banco Alimentare of Lombardia has helped 1,300 charity institutions. Trough the intense relationship to charitable institutions, the Banco Alimentare provided more than 200,000 people who live in poverty with food. 13,300 tons of food, collected from retailers and growers, were given out to those in need, covering fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pre-cooked meals.
To optimize logistic processes and guarantee the efficient delivery of fresh products to the needy, IFCO supports the Banco Alimentare by donating 25,000 reusable plastic containers to the non-profit organization.
Under WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY, IFCO furthers the changeover to reusable transport solutions and thus helps the Banco Alimentare to reduce their waste disposal costs. In comparison to conventional corrugated packaging, IFCO’s reusable ‘green crates’ have considerable environmental advantages, such as reducing CO2 emissions by up to 53% and ozone depletion by up to 38%.
“The initiative WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY helps to help. Within the scope of the initiative and the worldwide expansion of the Food Bank support, it is our aim, to decisively support organizations like the Banco Alimentare with our green crates” says Eleonora Gemini, General Manager of IFCO Italy.
Marco Magnelli, General Manager, Banco Alimentare adds: “IFCO’s RPCs enable a sustainable execution of our logistics as well as a decisive cost reduction while focussing on our mission: Providing fresh food to those in need. Using the green crates IFCO donated to the Food Bank allows us to waive the cardboard packaging. On behalf of the Banco Alimentare team including all its volunteers, we say thank you, IFCO!”
IFCO UK's Andy Beeching at Cambrige half marathon
Cambridge/Pullach, March 10, 2013 — Andy Beeching, Head of Asset Control and Pool Optimisation at IFCO UK, took part in this year’s Cambridge ½ marathon to support the Tower Hamlets Food Bank within the scope of the WORLDWIDE RESPONSIBILITY.