IP’s Two Million Box Commitment Helps ‘Feed The Need’ In California As quarantines and stay-at-home orders put people out of work and closed schools in the first few months of 2020, food banks around the world began to see a dramatic in- crease in need for food. Memphis, Tennessee based Inter- national Paper (IP) quickly responded with a commitment to donate two million corrugated boxes to food banks in its communities. As the year drew to a close, team members in the company’s Anaheim, California box plant produced the final 5,000 boxes of their commitment. The boxes were delivered to God’s Pantry food bank in Pomona, California, which has seen its need tripled during the pandemic. During the week of January 11, 2021, vol- unteers gathered to pack and later distribute the IP boxes filled with groceries to families in need. God’s Pantry is just one of thousands of food banks to receive a donation of these special “community engage- ment” boxes. Through International Paper’s partnership with Feeding America(r), the boxes have been sent to food banks in every International Paper community in the or- ganization’s U.S. network. And the company’s partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network has enabled it to supply boxes to food banks in 10 countries. The messag- ing on the boxes has been translated into eight languages. “Our team has continued to work safely throughout the pandemic - and now the holiday rush - and seeing these special boxes come off the line connects all of us in Ana- heim to the essential nature of our products,” said Derek Mangseth, Plant General Manager, Anaheim Box Plant, International Paper. “We’re proud to be one of many box plants that have contributed to this massive effort.” After a recent visit to God’s Pantry, California State Sen- ator Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) said: “I appreciate Inter- national Paper’s critical donation of boxes to hunger relief organizations in my district and across the country. They are an important partner in our effort to get food to people that desperately need assistance.” Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, and executive director IP Foundation, feels that every person who works at International Paper has had a role to play. “Whether you had a hand in creating one of these boxes or helped to spread #HelpFillTheBox- es on social media, thank you for helping IP fight hunger during this pandemic,” she said. “As COVID-19 continues into the New Year, our nonprofit partners can continue to count on the people and products of International Paper to create thriving and resilient communities.” International Paper has manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. The global compnay employs approximately 48,000 colleagues and serves more than 25,000 custom- ers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion. For more information about IP’s products and global citi- zenship efforts, visit internationalpaper.com .
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