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International Paper donates two million corrugated boxes to food banks


May 20, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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International Paper is donating two million corrugated boxes to hunger-relief organizations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The boxes will go primarily to Feeding America and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), among other relief agencies in communities where International Paper employees work.

“Our employees are passionate about supporting critical community needs, and we recognize that our boxes are essential for distributing food to people hit hardest by the pandemic,” says Mark Sutton, chairman and chief executive officer, in a statement.

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Lisa Moon, president and CEO, The Global FoodBanking Network, acknowledges the increased need for boxes. “Many food banks have had to shift their model from serving daily hot meals to distributing food rations in boxes,” she says.

The Global FoodBanking Network estimates the coronavirus pandemic could double the number of people facing food shortages.

International Paper has launched a social media campaign — #HelpFillTheBoxes — to encourage those who are able to donate to food banks in their communities.

The company has a mill in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and operates numerous locations in the United States, as well as in Europe and Africa.