For Immediate Release

June 17, 2002

 Northwest Fishing Companies to Provide Seafood Meals to Hungry Everett Families

Event at Local Food Bank will Help Educate Families About Health Benefits of Fish

(Seattle, Wash.) – Hungry families in Everett will receive take-home fish meals and recipes and enjoy seafood samples from a cooking demonstration as part of the At-Sea Processors Association’s (APA) Community Catch program.

On Friday, June 21, 2002, APA volunteers will cook and serve a variety of nutritious selections and provide meals for families at the Volunteers of America Food Bank in Everett, located at 1230 Broadway.

Who: At-Sea Processors Association and Food Lifeline member agency, Volunteers of America

What: Community Catch Program – Fish Donation and Cooking Demonstration for Needy Families

When: Friday, June 21, 2002, 7:30 am to 11:30am; 
(Media Demonstration and Tour at 10:00 am)

Where: Volunteers of America, 1230 Broadway, Everett

The Community Catch program represents a commitment by local fishing companies to increase the seafood industry’s contributions of nutritious, high-protein products to food bank programs.  APA’s catcher/processor companies donate one million seafood meals annually to combat hunger in America.   APA partners with Northwest Food Strategies and America’s Second Harvest to distribute the fish where it is most urgently needed.

To highlight the need to fight hunger in America, APA and Food Lifeline, the largest non-profit food distribution agency in Washington, hold events throughout the year.  The event at VOA will help local families better understand fish preparation and nutrition.  Christophe Degoix and Bill McKee, chefs from an APA member company, Trident Seafoods, will be on hand at Volunteers of America to prepare fish meals and answer questions.  As part of its overall 47,000 pound contribution of fish to the Community Catch program, Trident Seafoods will contribute 650 pounds of fish to VOA as part of this event.

According to Food Lifeline, hunger and food insecurity in Washington state is the second worst in America. More than ninety percent of those currently served through local food distribution programs are either employed (primarily low-wage earning families) or on fixed incomes (primarily seniors and people with disabilities).

Northwest Food Strategies (NFS) is a non-profit organization that accesses seafood products for distribution to the America’s Second Harvest network of 200 food banks.  NFS enrolls seafood industry partners and provides the logistical support link between seafood companies and America’s Second Harvest network, including coordinating transfer and delivery of donated products and overseeing reprocessing, quality assurance, packing and storage.

Food Lifeline, the largest non-profit food distribution agency in Washington, supplies more than 250 neighborhood food banks, meal programs and shelters with food each year. This year, Food Lifeline secured 19 million pounds of food for hungry men, women and children throughout Western Washington.

Volunteers of America is a broad-based Christian service agency offering comprehensive, responsive local programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement.

APA is a seafood trade association with offices in Anchorage, Juneau and Seattle.  APA members own and operate 19 U.S.-flag catcher/processor vessels that harvest Alaska pollock, cod and other groundfish species.

Trident Seafoods Corporation is a harvester, processor, and marketer of seafood from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, and around the world.  Founded in 1973, Trident is a privately held, American-owned corporation operating offshore processors and shore-side plants throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Contact:

For more information about the Community Catch event on June 21, please contact Michelle Savey at APA, 206-285-5139.

 For media information on the day of the event, contact Jim Gilmore, APA’s Director of Public Affairs, at 206-285-5139.

 

For further information about APA’s Community Catch program, please contact Jim Gilmore, APA's Director of Public Affairs, at (206) 285-5139 or by e-mail at jgilmore@atsea.org.

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