Giant Food is delivering thousands of pounds of Avocados from Peru to two food banks within the grocer's market area.
Ahold Delhaize USA banner Giant Food has joined with Avocados from Peru (AFP) to donate a trailer of more than 40,000 pounds of avocados to Feeding America network members Capital Area Food Bank, in northeast Washington, D.C., and the Maryland Food Bank, in Baltimore. Appropriately enough, both deliveries are set to occur on National Avocado Day on July 31.
These donations make the popular fruit more accessible to area families during the coronavirus public health crisis, according to the grocer.
“Avocados are not only a versatile ingredient that can be used for anything from breakfast to sweet or savory dishes,” noted Lisa Coleman, director of healthy living at Landover, Maryland-based Giant Food. “They also make us feel good, and are nutritionally dense, packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy monosaturated fats. We are excited to be able to provide this superfood as part of our ongoing efforts to make sure that all families in our community have access to healthy food options.”
“The impact of COVID-19 has been swift and unprecedented,” said Xavier Equihua, president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Peruvian Avocado Commission. “It is therefore a privilege for Avocados from Peru to partner with Giant Food to support people who might be struggling to feed their families during the unparalleled crisis affecting our local communities.”
Avocados from Peru (AFP), also known as the Summer Avocado, are available in all Giant Food stores through September, the peak season for the fruit. Throughout the summer, Giant shoppers will also have free access to AFP’s new e-cookbook, “Avocados in Bloom,” featuring more than 50 recipes, photos and tips for using avocados, as well as nutritional information. In-store displays at Giant Food will offer ripening tips.