Port Arthur, Beaumont BASF donates to SETX Food Bank

Published 12:23 am Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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The Port Arthur and Beaumont BASF sites contributed $10,000 to the SETX Food Bank to help feed the less fortunate suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.

The local donation is part of a company-wide effort by BASF, North America Agricultural Solutions business and several U.S. sites to donate more than $365,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization.

The $365,000 includes a $150,000 corporate donation, $170,000 collected during a virtual employee food drive sponsored by the North America Agricultural Solutions business and $45,000 donated by BASF’s facilities in Geismar, Louisiana; Wyandotte and Southfield, Michigan; and Freeport, Texas.

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BASF is matching employee contributions through the company’s matching gifts program.

All contributions will support the Feeding America network of food banks by providing nutritious food and resources to communities in need during the pandemic.

“Millions of people across the United States are struggling to find nutritious food and provide meals for their families during this unprecedented time,” said Paul Rea, Senior Vice President, BASF Agricultural Solutions North America.

“There is no time where the need is more pressing than during and after a crisis of this magnitude. We hope our support inspires communities to assist Feeding America’s efforts by donating money, goods or their time to help neighbors, friends and families during their time of need.”

BASF matched the employee virtual food drive contributions dollar-for-dollar, and the money is being donated to Feeding America food banks based on employee donor zip codes. This allows employees to help their communities and make an impact where they live.

Feeding America will also distribute the corporate donation to member food banks close to BASF facilities in Texas and Louisiana.

BASF invites the community to make donations to Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund at feedingamerica.org/take-action/coronavirus.