Packaging assn helps feed the hungry during national canned food month

Posted by Linda Casey

January 30, 2014

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Packaging assn helps feed the hungry during national canned food month

While the positive environmental impact of recycling is well known by all, the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) and their Great American Can Roundup partner, Food For All, aim to show how recycling can also provide a humanitarian impact this February.  During National Canned Food Month, CMI and Food For All are encouraging recyclers nationwide to donate their recycling proceeds to feed the hungry.

As poverty numbers increase nationwide and more and more people need help feeding their families, shelves at food banks across the country are bare. CMI partnered with Food For All specifically to address the hunger issue here in the United States. Donating aluminum beverage can recycling proceeds to Food For All will help put food on the tables of America’s families in need – and what better month to stock food bank shelves than during National Canned Food Month, also known as February. 

CMI launched their “Roundup” recycling initiative in September 2010 to help organizations recycle cans for cash and raise environmental awareness among participants.  CMI’s partnership with the non-profit organization Food For All provides “Roundup” participants and recyclers all across America the choice to donate the money they collect from recycling.  Food For All will distribute the donated recycling proceeds to soup kitchens and food banks in local cities and towns, nationwide.

“By partnering with Food For All, we saw the opportunity to use recycling not only to help the environment, but additionally to help people in need,” said Robert Budway, President of the Can Manufacturers Institute. “We are confident that during National Canned Food Month, Americans will prove how charitable they are.”
This is a simple, low-budget, effective way to make a difference environmentally and also help food banks stock their shelves for the families who are struggling to put food on the table. Last year, the aluminum industry paid out more than $800 million to can recyclers – every can CAN count towards feeding America’s hungry.

SOURCE: Can Manufacturers Institute

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