This is likely your favorite time of year, between holidays with family, decadent meals, traveling, and for some of us the falling of snow. It’s also the time of year that we all reflect on our many blessings and go out of our way to help those less fortunate. We are sure that you and your family are giving back in your own special way, whether it’s giving money to adopt a family for the holidays, providing meals to the needy, or giving of your time with your favorite non-profit.
Community giving is one of our foundational pillars that we take as serious as growing our RealSweet® brand sweet onion business. Here at Shuman Produce, we pledge to give back throughout the year and want to share with you some of the organizations that are near and dear to our hearts that we help year after year.
Food Insecurity Initiatives – We assist various food bank organizations through trade show food donation. After each produce industry tradeshow we attend, a local food bank receives the entire remaining product from all exhibitors. For example, after the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in October, over 258,000 pounds of produce was donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Other organizations that receive donations are Society of St. Andrew and City Harvest. As a special holiday giving campaign this year, Shuman Produce has pledged to donate one pound of RealSweet® Peruvian sweet onions to FarmShare Florida for every like, comment or share related to our #ShareTheSweetSpirit posts during the month of December. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to join the effort in providing sweet onions to local families in need!
Produce for Kids – Created in 2002 by our President, John Shuman, Produce for Kids believes in creating a healthier generation through cause marketing campaigns that provide easy, fun and inspiring recipes. Produce for Kids has donated more than $6 million to charities that benefit children and families nationwide. The current primary charity is Feeding America. As Produce for Kids’ parent company, we make an annual contribute to its efforts through our retailer partnerships.
This month, Produce for Kids is carrying out its own Holiday Meal Drive through social media.
Paul Anderson Youth Home – This home for troubled youth is located in Vidalia, Georgia and serves young men and their families from across the country. They provide a Christian home environment to rebuild their lives through recovery, restoration and redemption. Each summer, Shuman Produce sponsors the Paul Anderson Bike Ride, the largest fundraising effort for the Paul Anderson Youth Home. For this ride, a group of boys from the home is chosen to train and then complete a bike ride across the state of Georgia. They travel 500+ miles and are given the opportunity to experience something they never dreamed possible. Each of the young men leads a day of the journey through prayer and devotion.
Breast Cancer Awareness – Shuman Produce goes Pink every October for Breast Cancer Awareness. All of our bag and bin packaging transitions from our traditional red to pink for the month. Shuman Produce also makes an annual contribution of $10,000 to Breast Cancer Awareness organizations.
Reidsville United Methodist Church Food Pantry – As members of this church, several of our employees assist with the weekly food truck delivery to the church food pantry. This local mission serves over 125 families in need each week.
Brokenhearted Inshore Slam – One of our very own helped to start this local fishing tournament that assists families in need at Christmas. The fish caught during the tournament are donated to a local church. This year over $15,000 was raised through participation in this event and donations from community members.
Additional Community Organizations – Shuman Produce also helps to support various local organizations where we live in Southeast Georgia. This includes local scholarships, charity golf tournaments, church mission and outreach programs, school system programs and sports and outdoor recreation events.