Chiquita Donates Over Ten Tons of Food and Supplies to Honduras and Guatemala Communities Impacted by Hurricanes
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - As Hurricanes Eta and Iota have imposed daunting challenges on citizens across Central America, Chiquita has stepped in to aid the communities of Honduras and Guatemala, where the provider’s yellow bananas have been grown for more than 100 years. The grower revealed that it has donated over ten tons of food and supplies to provide relief to the communities devastated by these hurricanes.
“At Chiquita, we’re proud of the work we’ve done in Honduras and Guatemala to date, but we recognize that there is still a long road ahead before our valued farming communities fully bounce back,” said Carlos Lopez Flores, President of Chiquita. “We strive to restore the health and safety of these communities and hope to create a sustainable, prosperous future for generations to come.”
Chiquita’s efforts to aid relief began immediately after Hurrican Eta struck Central America in November 2020, according to a press release. Since then, the supplier has been dedicated to providing critical support to the communities affected, its employees, and farming communities. Chiquita aligned with government officials and nonprofit organizations to orchestrate the delivery of bottled water, food, and hygiene products from its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, distribution center.
In addition to this effort, the company also organized a regional fundraiser, resulting in over $10,000 raised for relief efforts. As noted in the release, Chiquita’s presence in the community has helped over 3,000 families receive critical aid in February alone.
“In the wake of a natural disaster such as Hurricanes Eta and Iota in Central America, it is imperative that we join forces for good to lift up struggling countries and their citizens,” said Luis Suazo Barahona, Ambassador of Honduras in the U.S. “We’re grateful for Chiquita’s generous relief efforts during this difficult time, which will provide essential nutrition and supplies to families in need.”
Chiquita has demonstrated a strong commitment to achieving a more sustainable future, as it recently announced its “30BY30” initiative, a program designed to reduce the company’s carbon emissions across its operations by 30 percent by the end of 2030. This initiative is just one component of the supplier’s overall approach to tackling climate change and working toward sustainability.
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