Electrolux is donating $50,000 worth of appliances to food pantries and soup kitchens in the Charlotte, NC region near its North American headquarters.
On Thursday, December 18, the company delivered a truckload of freezers, refrigerators, and stoves to Second Harvest Food Bank, with a second truck scheduled for next week.
“This is a busy time of year for those who help the needy,” said Johnny Cope, Vice President of Contract Sales, Electrolux Major Appliances North America. “We wanted to do something for those who help others, and to support them in their mission to assist those who might otherwise go hungry at this time of year.”
Officials from Electrolux addressed a gathering of leaders of nonprofit food-related charities, who had come to the Second Harvest loading dock to pick up their new appliances. The appliances are going to more than 40 agencies throughout the region. Organizations benefiting from the donation—including soup kitchens, food pantries, pre-schools, homeless shelters and agencies serving seniors—were chosen from among Second Harvest’s partner agencies.
Kay Carter, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank, said, “This is an unprecedented donation that will make a huge difference to these agencies and the people they serve. The ability to store fresh food is critical to our mission to provide adequate nutrition, and in some cases these appliances will double a facility’s capacity to do that.”
With this most recent shipment, Electrolux's total products Charlotte-area donations for 2013 topped $550,000.
“Our manufacturing processes are high-tech,” said Cope, “But we recognize that our products fulfill a very basic human need.”
Schneider National transport, which has a hub in Charlotte, donated time and labor to provide transportation for the items.
Electrolux makes cooking appliances, laundry appliances, dishwashers, refrigerators, and freezers at nine North American factories. Most Electrolux North America products are designed in the Charlotte headquarters.
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