April 9th, 2020 | Corporate

Bumble Bee Foods announced today it will donate $1 million worth of its shelf stable seafood products to Feeding America in response to COVID-19.

According to a press release, the organization will distribute the supplies to Feeding San Diego, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey – three communities in which the company continues to operate daily. Bumble Bee has also allotted $1.2 million in increased hourly wages for their factory workers.

“We are a people-first organization and that’s why it is so important for us to give back to the communities in which we do business,” said Jan Tharp, President and Chief Executive Officer for Bumble Bee. “It is our sincere hope that our product donations will mean that people in need will gain access to a nutritious and delicious ocean-inspired meal that they may not have otherwise had access to during this time.”

Tharp said the company is following all CDC protocols at their manufacturing facilities, as well as implementing mandatory temperature scanning and increased PPE for all employees. “Bumble Bee has ramped up its purchase of raw materials, added production days at its facilities, expanded its sourcing efforts and narrowed its immediate focus on delivering its most in-demand products to market,” reads the release.

Founded in 1889, Bumble Bee Foods is a San Diego-based company with roughly 120 employees in the County.

Travel & Hospitality reporter Mariel Concepcion can be reached at mconcepcion@sdbj.com or 858-634-4625.

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