International Paper donating boxes, cash to Feeding America

Published 1:00 pm Friday, November 19, 2021

Food banks around the United States are experiencing dramatic increases in demand for food assistance driven by the economic impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. International Paper is responding to this critical community need with a $288,000 donation to “Feeding America” and its network of food banks, to supplement their 2 million corrugated boxes to hunger relief organizations around the world.

Since the pandemic began, the Bogalusa Mill has donated $97,500 and thousands of boxes to food bank charities that serve Washington Parish.

“The need to help fight hunger during this pandemic is significant and everyone at the mill is proud to be associated with this effort,” said Kalisa Hyman, mill communications manager.

This new donation benefits food banks serving the Northshore through a collaboration with Feeding America. Feeding America partner food banks in every IP community across the United States will receive a $2,500 donation through the collaboration.

“Our employees are passionate about supporting critical community needs, and we recognize that our resources are essential for distributing food to people that have been hit hardest by the pandemic,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Engagement, International Paper. “Our employees and our boxes are helping improve the ability of food banks to serve communities around the U.S.”

International Paper mobilizes their people, products and resources to improve the lives of people in the communities where they live and work. The company is launching a social media campaign — #HelpFillTheBoxes — to encourage those who are able to donate to food banks in their communities.

Taking action in the fight hunger during the pandemic can be as simple as volunteering at a local food bank or donating money or resources. Learn how you can help, online at www.feedingamerica.org.