Dole Food Company Renews Partnership With No Kid Hungry; William Goldfield and Diana Hovey Discuss
CHARLOTTE, NC - Walking into 2022 with a strategic partner, Dole Food Company is looking to continue making a difference in the lives of children across the nation. Together with No Kid Hungry, Dole will build on its alliance with the national campaign, providing healthy meals to kids facing hunger each day.
“At Dole we want to keep improving situations for communities in the areas where we operate,” said William Goldfield, Dole Food Company’s Director of Corporate Communications. “We care about being a positive force of change in peoples’ everyday lives. Addressing hunger and food insecurity for children is at the core of our purpose as a fresh produce company. Promoting health and wellbeing and driving consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is one way we can help every day.”
Dole’s partnership with No Kid Hungry began in the summer of 2020 in response to the impact of COVID-19 as schools were closed and many children across the nation were left without access to adequate food. Through this partnership between the pair, direct product donations were made, along with nutrition education, and at-retail initiatives to address hunger were put in place, according to a press release.
“Prior to the pandemic, the number of children living with hunger dropped to the lowest level in decades,” said Diana Hovey, Senior Vice President, Corporate Partnerships at Share our Strength. “Once the pandemic hit, however, school buildings closed, millions of parents lost their jobs, and the number of children living with hunger skyrocketed. Many of the challenges we faced were new, but thanks in part to partners like Dole, we had the resources, the relationships, and the know-how to immediately respond to help feed kids and families that needed it most.”
In 2022, the two brands are looking to expand their partnership with new initiatives designed to counter the pandemic’s ongoing effects. Playing its part, Dole will serve as the presenting sponsor of Get Fit for No Kid Hungry, a series of free livestream wellness and fitness sessions throughout the month of January to raise money to ensure every child in the United States gets the healthy food they need.
“Of course, there is still much more work to be done—and we are honored to take our partnership with Dole to the next level,” continued Hovey. “Both brands envision a future where all communities have access to the food they need to grow, learn, and achieve, regardless of their circumstances or the current challenges to food access.”
We here at AndNowUKnow would like to salute Dole and No Kid Hungry as they use fresh produce to make a difference in the lives of children across the nation.