Salinas, Calif.-area companies donated a truckload of iceberg lettuce in an auction fundraiser for the Ag Against Hunger feeding program. On hand for the donation are 
Michael Johanson, (from left), of Chiquita Brands International Shannon Renz of Taylor Farms, and the driver from KLLM Transport Services that drove the truck from California to New York.
Salinas, Calif.-area companies donated a truckload of iceberg lettuce in an auction fundraiser for the Ag Against Hunger feeding program. On hand for the donation are Michael Johanson, (from left), of Chiquita Brands International Shannon Renz of Taylor Farms, and the driver from KLLM Transport Services that drove the truck from California to New York.

Ag Against Hunger raised $14,500 in its New York Express fundraiser.

A truckload of donated iceberg lettuce sold for that amount at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx to benefit the Salinas, Calif., nonprofit, according to a news release.

Pallets of lettuce were donated by:

  • Dole Fresh Vegetables;
  • Ocean Mist Farms;
  • River Ranch Fresh Foods;
  • Taylor Farms;
  • Growers Express;
  • Tanimura and Antle; and
  • The Nunes Co.

Fresh Express and parent company Chiquita Brands International, Cincinatti, donated the freight cost, and D’Arrigo Bros. of New York sold the product through Mark Sargent of S&S Marketing free of charge

Ag Against Hunger collects and distributes surplus produce for regional food banks.

The event is held annually in October.

“The New York Express is an outstanding opportunity for Salinas Valley shippers to help raise money for Ag Against Hunger by selling one of the most bountiful crops we grow to East Coast buyers, and have the sales of iceberg lettuce come back to California and serve those who need it most,” Matt Seeley, vice president of marketing and brand development at The Nunes Co. and a board member for the nonprofit, said in the release.

Since 1990, Ag Against Hunger has collected more than 178 million pounds of fresh produce for food banks on the West coast. The produce is distributed first in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, feeding more than 75,000 low-income people each month there.