Food insecurity an increasingly present concern for many in vulnerable communities
LOS ANGELES, Calif., - December 14, 2021 – Chicken of the Sea has donated more than 500,000 servings of protein rich seafood to college campuses to support students who are struggling to afford food because of financial difficulties.
As millions of Americans celebrated Thanksgiving last month, the stark reality of food insecurity became an increasingly present concern for many people in vulnerable communities. On college campuses across the U.S., financial aid is insufficient, while tuition and living costs are rising, leaving students wondering where they might find their next meal once dining halls and dorms closed for the holiday. According to The Campus Hunger Project, at least 3 million college students are food insecure, forced to choose between buying books or buying food.
“This holiday season, it’s important that we all do our part to give back in any way we can – both big and small. That’s why Chicken of the Sea is honored to support college organizations, like the LMU Food Pantry, that provide free food to students experiencing hunger due to financial strain,” said Craig Rexroad, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Chicken of the Sea. “Our company avidly supports the global call for action to help preserve access to safe and nutritious food. We hope these donations helped to alleviate food insecurity on campuses so students could focus more on learning and celebrating with those they love.”
Chicken of the Sea focused on supporting collegiate communities across the nation to help bolster their holiday with half a million protein rich servings to campuses, including University of California Los Angeles, California State, University Long Beach, Loyola Marymount University and El Camino College.
Beyond college campuses, Chicken of the Sea also partnered with Convoy of Hope and the Old Savannah City Mission during Thanksgiving to funnel ongoing donations to vulnerable populations within the local communities where the company operates.
The donations continue the long-standing support of communities by Chicken of the Sea and parent company Thai Union Group, such as the humanitarian assistance to local communities impacted by COVID-19. Under the global Thai Union Cares program, the Company has donated more than 3.3 million servings of food, along with more than 78,000 cans of Bellotta and Marvo cat and dog food and over 4,000 kilograms of hard dog food to animal charities, pet shelters, community organizations and animal volunteers.
About Chicken of the Sea International
Founded in 1914, Chicken of the Sea International (COSI) is a leading provider of healthy, delicious and responsibly sourced seafood, offering not only a robust product line but the recipes and meal-planning insights needed to inspire seafood lovers to greater culinary creativity. The company provides tuna, salmon, clams, crab, oysters, shrimp, mackerel, kipper snacks and sardines in cans, cups and pouches as well as innovative new products consistent with seafood's growing status as a healthy "new" protein choice in America.
Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., COS uses responsible fishing practices to source its seafood products from around the world, and packages them at a state-of-the-art processing facility in Lyons, Georgia, as well as at third-party facilities. The company is led by a team of industry veterans with more than 300 years of collective experience in the packaged seafood industry.
For information on Chicken of the Sea, including recipes, serving suggestions and nutritional and meal-planning insights as well as information on the latest new Chicken of the Sea products, go to www.chickenofthesea.com.
About Thai Union
Thai Union Group PCL is the world’s seafood leader, bringing high quality, healthy, tasty and innovative seafood products to customers across the world for more than 40 years.
Today, Thai Union is regarded as one of the world’s leading seafood producers and is one of the largest producers of shelf-stable tuna products with annual sales exceeding THB 132.4 billion (US$ 4.2 billion) and a global workforce of more than 44,000 people who are dedicated to pioneering sustainable, innovative seafood products.
The company’s global brand portfolio includes market-leading international brands such as Chicken of the Sea, John West, Petit Navire, Parmentier, Mareblu, King Oscar, and Rügen Fisch, Thai-leading brands SEALECT, Fisho, Qfresh, Monori, Bellotta and Marvo, and ingredient and supplement brands UniQ™BONE, UniQ™DHA and ZEAvita.
As a company committed to innovation and globally responsible behavior, Thai Union is proud to be a member of the United Nations Global Compact, and a founding participating company of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF). In 2015, Thai Union introduced its SeaChange® sustainability strategy. Find out more at seachangesustainability.org. Thai Union’s on-going work on sustainability issues was recognized when the company was listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for the eighth consecutive year in 2021 and ranked number two in the world on the Food Products Industry Index. Thai Union was also named to the FTSE4Good Emerging Index for the fifth straight year in 2020.