ELIZABETHTOWN, PA (August 2, 2019) – More Gulf Coast families will enjoy nourishing meals this summer thanks to more than 600 pounds of meat and 30 pounds of dry goods donated last week to an Alabama food bank, by members of the American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP).
AAMP members donated bacons, hams, dried beef and smoked turkeys to Feeding the Gulf Coast at the conclusion of the 2019 American Cured Meat Championships, held in conjunction with the 80th Annual Convention of Meat Processors and Suppliers’ Exhibition. The ACMC is one of the largest cured meat competitions of its kind in North America.
Feeding the Gulf Coast operates three branches along the Central Gulf Coast with facilities in Gulfport, MS; Theodore, AL; and Milton, FL. Together, these facilities in partnership with over 400 agencies, distribute over 20 million pounds of food annually to the 24-county service area through the food bank’s hunger-relief programs. AAMP coordinated efforts with Rock and Wrap it Up (RWU), a non-profit organization dedicated to arranging the recovery of leftover food from various events, to donate to the organization. Using RWU’s Whole Earth Calculator, the donation by the members of the AAMP translated to 500 meals. RWU has coordinated donation recovery from the ACMC for the past seven years.
“The members of AAMP are conscious of the need in local communities to provide nutrient-rich foods – like meat products – to those struggling with hunger,” said Chris Young, AAMP executive director. “We are proud to make a contribution to these organizations to bring servings of meat to families across the Gulf Coast this summer.
The American Association of Meat Processors (AAMP) is North America’s largest meat trade organization. It is the mission of AAMP to provide quality service, knowledge through education, regulatory representation, and networking opportunities for our members.