Leprino Foods Collects 1,500 Pounds of Peanut Butter for Local Families Nutrition is a key focus area for company community service
Allendale, Mich., July 7, 2016 – The Leprino Foods Company plant in Allendale produces cheese and dairy ingredients, but yesterday due to the generous donations of its employees, the plant distributed 1,500 pounds of peanut butter to five community organizations for local families in need.
Representatives from St. Luke University Parish, Manna Meals of Allendale, Kids Food Basket of Holland, Love Inc. of Allendale and Lean on Me Outreach Center were wowed by the 4-feet tall and 11-feet wide display of 1,500 jars of peanut butter that greeted them at the plant.
According to Leprino Foods’ Seth Berghorst, Human Resources Manager for the Allendale plant, all 290 employees were invited to participate in the two-week peanut butter drive benefitting local organizations that provide food. High in protein and calories and rich in vitamins and minerals, peanut butter is a staple at food banks and other organizations providing meals. Berghorst noted that the plant is extremely active in its local community and when it learned about the need for the protein-rich food, its Community Involvement Team, made up of employees from throughout the plant, decided to take action.
“When we met with local organizations, we heard the same thing from each one – ‘We need more peanut butter!’” explained Berghorst. “We realized we could help with that. With some friendly competition between our departments, our first ever peanut butter drive was a huge success.”
“This peanut butter donation will have a huge impact on the 450 families requesting food boxes from us each week, in addition to the lunches we provide to Cedar Springs Mobile Home Park and our work with Cedar Springs Public Schools,” said Lisa Shaffer, Director of Lean on Me Outreach Center.