Hirai Farms, National Frozen Foods and Annie’s Fun Team Up to Donate Over 300,000 Lbs. of Sweet Corn to Food Banks

November 1, 2010

COLUMBIA BASIN, Wash., Nov. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Hirai Farms, National Frozen Foods Corporation (NFFC) and Annie’s Fun recently teamed up as part of the Vertically Integrated Partnership to donate 217,000 pounds of sweet corn from the Moses Lake/Quincy area to Northwest Harvest warehouses in Spokane, Yakima and Kent, Washington. Additionally, Annie’s Fun, Hirai Farms and NFFC donated another 94,000 lbs. of sweet corn to other food banks in Washington State, including Food Lifeline and Second Harvest.

The Vertically Integrated Partnership is a coalition of farmers, food processors, food distributors and food service companies, etc. that are working together to help stop hunger in the Pacific Northwest. Since 2008, the Vertically Integrated Partnership has donated over 3 million pounds of food (i.e., potatoes, sweet corn, onions, beans, canned foods, etc.) to food banks throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Northwest Harvest, Second Harvest, Food Lifeline, the Bellingham Food Bank, the White Center Food Bank, the Quincy Community Food Bank, the Moses Lake Food Bank, and the Wenatchee Food Bank, etc. The Vertically Integrated Partnership (VIP) has a goal of donating another 2 million pounds of food in the next 12 to 16 months.

To see photos of some of the above mentioned recent sweet corn donations by Annie’s Fun, Hirai Farms and National Frozen Foods as part of the Vertically Integrated Partnership, please click on the following link: http://picasaweb.google.com/verticallyintegratedpartners/Fall2010VIPAnnieSFunNFFCHiraiFarmsSweetCornDonationsToFoodBanksInThePNW?feat=directlink

For more information, please contact Blaine Hirai at verticallyintegratedpartners@gmail.com, giving@anniesfun.org or 509-693-7811.

About National Frozen Foods Corporation

National Frozen Foods is one of the nation’s largest private-label frozen vegetable producers, operating food processing plants in Washington and Oregon. The company’s products, which include peas, corn, carrots, and green beans, as well as vegetable blends, organic products, and pureed items, are available worldwide. Its frozen vegetables are available in retail grocery stores.

About Hirai Farms & Annie’s Fun

Hirai Farms is a family-owned business operating in the Columbia Basin of Washington State since 1954. Blaine Hirai, the Owner of Hirai Farms, and the Hirai Family maintain a strong tradition of giving back to local communities in the Pacific Northwest. “Annie’s Fun” (http://www.anniesfun.org) is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that was formed by Blaine Hirai and the Hirai Family several years ago to help those in need. The primary mission of Annie’s Fun is to help children and economically disadvantaged communities.

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SOURCE Vertically Integrated Partnership

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