IRVINE, Calif. (August 25, 2016) — Ten years ago, C.H. Robinson and Western Growers formed the Western Growers Transportation Program to provide supply chain solutions for fresh produce growers in North America. To celebrate the anniversary of this program, C.H. Robinson and Western Growers hosted a Giving Day on August 24, 2016, across the country, using C.H. Robinson’s Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, hub as a collection and distribution center.
In keeping with the produce focus of the program, the food drive event encouraged growers to donate to Feeding America—either through product or monetary donations. At the end of the day, participating growers and associations donated more than 240,000 pounds of produce, along with monetary donations, equating to over 250,000 meals. C.H. Robinson donated the transportation needed for the event. The donations went to Feeding America locations across the country. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, providing food to 46 million low-income Americans every year.
“Over the past 10 years, C.H. Robinson has worked with many grower-shippers through the Western Growers Transportation Program and has helped them improve their supply chains,” said Luke Gowdy, general manager at C.H. Robinson. “We are energized by the 10-year celebration, the participation of growers in Giving Day, and the future of the program.”
“Thank you to the generous grower-shippers who donated product and monetary donations,” said Matt McInerney, senior executive president of Western Growers. “It is rewarding to see how these donations will impact local communities and bring fresh produce to those who may not have easy access to it.”
Since its inception, the Western Growers Transportation Program has been dedicated to enabling growers to focus on their core competencies: growing, harvesting, and packaging nutritious, fresh produce. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please visit https://www.wga.com/logistics.
About Western Growers
Founded in 1926, Western Growers represents local and regional family farmers growing fresh produce in Arizona, California, and Colorado. Our members and their workers provide half the nation’s fresh fruits, vegetables, and tree nuts, including nearly half of America’s fresh organic produce. For generations, we have provided variety and healthy choices to consumers. Connect with and learn more about Western Growers on Twitter and Facebook.
About C.H. Robinson
At C.H. Robinson, we believe in accelerating global trade to drive the world’s economy. Using the strengths of our people, processes and technology, we help our customers work smarter, not harder. As one of the world’s largest third-party logistics providers (3PL), we provide a broad portfolio of logistics services, fresh produce sourcing and Managed Services through our global network. In Europe, C.H. Robinson is one of the leading road transportation and freight forwarders with a dynamic network of offices across the region. Our team members in Europe are multi-lingual, skilled at building relationships and focused on serving their customers. The company, our Foundation and our employees contribute annually to a variety of organizations around the world. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA, C.H. Robinson (CHRW) is publicly traded on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit http://www.chrobinson.com/en/uk or view our company video.