Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Reaches Out to Help Those in Need through Second Harvest Program

June 9, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEInstitute of Food Technologists (IFT) Reaches Out to Help Those in Need through Second Harvest Program

Anaheim, CA - After a successful launch at the 2008 Annual Meeting and Food Expo®, members of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) again teamed with a local food bank to help fight hunger in its host city. By working with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, a local nonprofit that is a member of Feeding America, IFT members worked to advance IFT’s mission of providing safe, plentiful and nutritious food to those in need.

For many years, IFT has donated surplus food products from its Annual Meeting and Food Expo exhibit floor to local food banks in cities where this show is held. In addition to encouraging cash donations from members at meeting registration, IFT arranged three different times when attendees could volunteer their time – and labor – to sort and repack donated items at the food bank. “Giving back to the local community is a cornerstone of IFT’s commitment to fight hunger,” says IFT Executive Vice President Barbara Byrd Keenan.

Key background facts on Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County:

  • Every dollar contributed to Second Harvest provides about $12 worth of food to the hungry
  • Children make up 38% of the hungry in Orange County
  • Approximately 20,000 people engage with Second Harvest each year
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About IFT
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with more than 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT serves as a conduit for multidisciplinary science thought leadership, championing the use of sound science through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy.
For more information on IFT, visit www.ift.org.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeannie Houchins, MA, RD
312.604.0231
jhouchins@ift.org