Naumes and Oregon Food Bank Team Up to Fight Hunger

November 17, 2009

MEDFORD, Ore., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Naumes Fruit Gifts partners with Oregon Food Bank to feed hungry families during the holidays through its new Donate Fruit commitment.

For gifts purchased at naumesfruitgifts.com using the code “OFB” at checkout, the Naumes family will match each gift — pound for pound — with a donation of fresh fruit to Oregon Food Bank.

“During this difficult economy, it is especially important to replenish our food banks, particularly with fresh, nutritious fruits such as pears,” said Rachel Bristol, CEO of Oregon Food Bank. “We thank Naumes for its generosity in giving back to our neighbors in need.”

A 100-year-old company, Naumes has been donating to food banks for generations, They have given more than 10 million pounds of fresh fruit to Feeding America alone, of which Oregon Food Bank is a network member.

“We are proud to partner with Oregon Food Bank, whose work is essential for the health of our local communities,” said Mike Naumes, President of Naumes, Inc. “We lost our first orchard in the Great Depression so we understand first hand the importance of giving back.”

Distribution of emergency food throughout the Oregon Food Bank Network escalated to historic highs during fiscal year 2008-09 and the need remains at alarmingly high levels. The number of people per month who ate meals from an emergency food box jumped from an average of 200,000 per month in 2007-08 to 240,000 per month in 2008-09.

Naumes handpicked gourmet pears are available in a variety of gift boxes and are available online for $29.95. Standard shipping is free.

Orders must be made before December 10th to ensure that the donated fruit arrives at Oregon Food Bank before the holidays.

About Naumes

More than 100 years ago, the Naumes family began growing fruit in Oregon. Over three generations, they have expanded their farming into California and Washington where they grow, harvest and sell fruit to major retailers nationwide. As stewards of the land, Naumes is proud to be one of the largest grower of pears in the country. Their newest venture, naumesfruitgifts.com, grew from the family’s desire to bring the highest quality fruit directly from their farm to your family’s table. Naumes grows every piece of fruit in their fruit gifts on their own farms and harvests each piece of premium fruit by hand, assuring customers receive the very best that nature has to offer. Now, with every fruit gift purchased, the family will donate an equal amount of fresh fruit — pound for pound — to food banks that feed hungry families.

About Oregon Food Bank

Oregon Food Bank distributes donated food throughout a statewide network of 20 regional food banks, who in turn distribute food to more than 935 nonprofit, hunger-relief agencies serving Oregon and Clark County, Wash. OFB also works to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public education, advocacy, it Nutrition Education program and its Learning Gardens.


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