Bashas’ and Food City donate 11,000 pounds of apples
Bashas’ and Food City supermarkets recently donated 11,520 pounds of Red Delicious apples — more than eight pallets — that were distributed to a dozen different food banks and local nonprofits throughout Arizona. The apple donations are all part of an annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger collaboration that Bashas’ and Food City have with FirstFruits, which is based in Washington state.
“We all know this has been a tough year, and we feel fortunate to be able to continue making our annual apple donations, now more than ever,” said Joe Vargas, director of marketing for FirstFruits. “We are grateful for the support and partnership we receive from Bashas’ and Food City to donate thousands of pounds of apples every year.”
This is the fourth year that Arizona’s hometown grocer participated in the give-back campaign. Bashas’ and Food City earned the donation based on the number of apples procured for distribution across the state during the first quarter of 2021.
Since the give-back campaign’s inception in 2010, more than 2 million pounds of fresh apples have been donated to local food banks as part of Take a Bite out of Hunger. Last year alone, more than 263,000 pounds of fresh apples were donated to local food banks in their communities.
“This is the first time we have had so many organizations benefit from the donation, which allowed us to cover all parts of the state,” said Edward (Trey) Basha, president and CEO of Bashas’ Family of Stores. “This apple donation helps to put a sizable quantity of fresh produce into the hands of those who could use it the most.”
During the hotter months, Arizona food banks report that fresh food donations are harder to come by — yet they are crucial to help keep families with children from going hungry, especially when kids are out of school for summer. Thanks to a collaborative campaign to fight hunger, Arizona families with children in need throughout the state can have access to fresh, nutritious apples.
“Fresh fruits and vegetables are such an important part of our mission,” said Tom Kertis, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank. “The food donations we receive immediately head to the tables of those in need. We appreciate efforts like these to help provide healthy and nutritious foods to families and children in need.”
FirstFruits created its Take a Bite out of Hunger donation program to help feed the underserved while bringing attention to the problem of food insecurity in the United States. In Arizona, as many as one in seven people struggle with hunger, and the number of hungry children is higher yet. About one in four Arizona children – nearly 435,000 youth – experience hunger or do not have regular access to safe, affordable, and nutritious foods.