We believe everyone deserves access to delicious, healthy foods. Fighting food insecurity has long been a priority at Pacific Foods. But in 2012, when we learned that 81% of the students at a local elementary school were too hungry to learn, Pacific set out to help kids and their families access the healthy foods they needed.
We created protein-rich food boxes in a size a child could carry or fit in a backpack. And we got connected, reaching out to other educators and businesses to join us.
Today, Pacific employees volunteer their time to pack food boxes for local schools. In our first year, we donated 20,000 meals during school breaks when need is most acute because there’s no access to free school meals. Last year, we delivered more than 100,000.
We’ve set out to Nourish Every Body.
For more than 20 years, we’ve partnered with the Oregon Food Bank to provide more than nine million meals to food insecure families.
We’ve worked with local farmers to turn their surplus crops into wholesome soups made at Pacific, then donated to the food bank. Our R& D team creates recipes and we donate packaging and production line time. This has saved more than 200,000 pounds of donated raw ingredients from being wasted, which helps nourish our environment.
Our Employee Volunteer Program provides employees with the option of paid time when they volunteer at the local Food Bank or pack donated food boxes. Giving back nourishes our employees, and is in our company DNA.