Amalgamated Donates Sugar to Area Charities

Published online: Dec 22, 2020 News
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This December, Amalgamated Sugar has donated nearly 7 tons of sugar to food banks and other hunger-focused charitable organizations. 

“This year has been difficult for many people, and the holidays can increase that difficulty,” says John McCreedy, president and CEO of Amalgamated Sugar. “We are a grower-owned cooperative, and our farmers want to be sure that families in need can still carry on their family baking traditions.”

Of these donations, approximately 10,000 pounds were sent to The Idaho Foodbank. This marks the fifth year Amalgamated Sugar has provided a sugar donation of this amount to the organization. 

“Food has the power to bring people together. However, gathering around the table for a special meal or simply cooking a treasured family recipe may be out of reach for many struggling this year,” says Karen Vauk, president and CEO of The Idaho Foodbank. “Therefore, we are grateful to the farmers of Amalgamated Sugar for thinking of their fellow Idahoans and providing some sweet relief to get them through the holidays.” 

Along with The Idaho Foodbank, donations were made to several other local organizations, including East End Providers and the West End Ministerial Association.

“It has been our pleasure to support those in need throughout the year, and especially during this holiday season,” says Chris Mapes, director of warehouses and logistics at Amalgamated Sugar, who is orchestrating the donation deliveries. “It is a reminder to focus on the opportunity to help our neighbors who are less fortunate. We are all in this together.”

Amalgamated Sugar supports causes that are meaningful to its grower-owners, employees and the communities in which it operates, especially programs that benefit youth, education (particularly STEM), health and nutrition, and agriculture. Amalgamated Sugar has donated over 36 tons of sugar in 2020.

Amalgamated Sugar employees display bags of the company’s White Satin sugar in front of a delivery truck carrying nearly 10,000 pounds of sugar on its way to The Idaho Foodbank’s warehouse.