At Bonduelle, our thoughts are with those all over the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. During this difficult time, our values continue to drive us as we prioritize the support and safety of our employees, our customers and our communities. As an essential business, we are mindful that our work is now more important than ever, and we are committed to taking the necessary steps that will allow us to continue delivering on our promise to help feed millions of North Americans.
As a food manufacturer, and part of the critical infrastructure services maintaining North America’s food supply, we take our responsibility very seriously. We are continually working to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure for our dedicated employees, who are truly doing hero’s work. We are extremely proud of their continued commitment and dedication and are grateful to them and everyone who keeps our critical industry going. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented steps beyond our standard cleaning and sanitation practices to better protect our employees and help stop the spread of the virus. These steps have continued to evolve in accordance with current best practices and updated federal and regional guidance.
As we navigate new challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are deeply appreciative of our customers’ continued flexibility and partnership. We understand the importance of helping our customers keep products accessible and are working tirelessly to support them in meeting consumer needs.
We take our commitment to delivering food to our customers very seriously. In conjunction with our Bonduelle colleagues around the globe who have experienced this pandemic in its different phases, we continue to develop and implement service and supply continuity plans to respond to major events or acceleration in illnesses that may impact access to labor, raw materials, packaging or production line time and transportation.
We have faced many challenges during this unprecedented time, and we want to extend our thanks to our customers and their employees for their continued partnership, patience and commitment to the essential work of keeping food available to consumers.
During this time of great need for so many, we are committed to making a positive impact on the Canadian communities where we live and work. Bonduelle has mobilized in order to support our neighborhoods through donations and partnerships with organizations across the country. Since March 2020, we have donated more than 2 million pounds of frozen and canned vegetables to nonprofit organizations benefiting local schools, food banks, hospitals and first responders.
In Quebec, actions include donations of more than 120,000 pounds of frozen and canned products to Food Banks of Quebec, through La Tablée des Chefs and their Solidary Kitchens initiative. A contribution of $20,000 was made to Fondation Olo’s emergency fundraising campaign to alleviate the direct impact the pandemic has on thousands of pregnant women in financial difficulty.
Bonduelle has also donated more than 1.5M pounds of products to Moisson Montreal throughout the pandemic, which were redistributed to support 228 organizations across Canada.
In Ontario, 83,790 lbs. of Del Monte products were donated to Daily Bread, providing 544,635 serving to those in need in the Toronto area. And more than 50,000 lbs. of frozen vegetables were donated to Second Harvest, among many other local and community donations.