UPS Delivers 5 Millionth Meal To Rural Students And Their Families Impacted By Novel Coronavirus Crisis
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
UPS (NYSE: UPS), a global leader in logistics, in partnership with McLane Global, a leading food and logistics company, announced the delivery of the five millionth meal through the Emergency Meals-to-You program, designed to deliver shelf-stable, nutritious meals to students in rural areas of the country.
The program is a partnership between McLane Global, UPS, USDA, the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, and PepsiCo to deliver meals to students in rural areas who would otherwise go hungry due to the impact of the novel coronavirus. The logistics solution was developed with support from The UPS Foundation, which leads UPS’s global citizenship programs.
“In just six weeks, UPS developed and deployed an agile solution now enabling us to bring millions of meals to children.” said Kate Gutmann, UPS Chief Sales and Solutions Officer. “UPS brought the logistics expertise and the operational capabilities that are enabling this program to continue to grow and feed more children each week. We’re honored to work with McLane on this vital program, and to use our strengths and experience to help ensure children have access to daily meals. I am proud of the UPS team who demonstrated expertise, speed and service performance to this critical area of need.”
Through the Emergency Meals-to-You program, eligible school districts can sign up online at MealstoYou.org. Once a school is registered, students and their families may enroll in the program and begin receiving two-week supplies of individually packaged food directly to their door.
“Reaching five million meals delivered is another important milestone as we continue to ramp up production so no child goes hungry during this challenging period,” said Denton McLane, Chairman of McLane Global. “UPS has been an exceptional partner and vital to the overall success of this program. We’re working to get these meals to students as quickly as possible and watching a UPS truck pull up to one of our facilities is like watching the baton pass from our team to theirs.”
Meal kits are delivered in a two-week supply to eligible students and include 20 meals (10 breakfasts and 10 lunches). Each box contains a variety of items such as cereal bowls, shelf-stable milk, 100% juice, fruit cups, whole grain snacks, and entrees.