Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands, a program that began 18 years ago, aims to foster a spirit of community and lasting partnership among residents, companies, and many other contributors all along the Delmarva Peninsula.
To that end, on November 19, hundreds of volunteers, including employees from Mountaire and Interstate Container, worked together in Mountaire’s Selbyville, DE warehouse to pack over 7000 dinner boxes in time for the holidays.
Every box distributed will provide all the necessary ingredients to cook a nutritious Thanksgiving dinner for up to six people. These ingredients include a Mountaire chicken, corn, string beans, pork and beans, yams, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce and brownie mix. The Wilmington News Journal, The Daily Times, and WBOC-TV provided live coverage of this unique outpouring of community support.
Two days before Thanksgiving, the dinner boxes were distributed from the Dagsboro Church of God parking lot in Dagsboro, DE, to food pantries, governmental agencies, churches, and shut-ins.
Interstate Container plants in Cambridge, MD and Reading, PA have worked closely with suppliers Mark/Trece, Inc. and Stafford Cutting Dies, Inc. to produce and donate the 10,000 corrugated boxes needed for the food drive.
Mountaire Farms & Interstate Container: A History of Innovative Partnership
This is not the first time Mountaire and Interstate Container have joined forces to benefit a wider community. In 2009, Interstate Container Cambridge collaborating with Mountaire Farms developed Greencoat®, an innovative alternative to traditional wax boxes. Greencoat® boxes have significantly reduced Mountaire Farm’s carbon footprint and streamlined its supply chain. The FBA-certified, 100% recyclable, repulpable and compostable box can be used to pack poultry, meat, seafood, fresh produce, floral, and stone products.
This project earned the Pioneering Award from Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery (CoRR) at their Sustainability Awards Ceremony in 2010. In the same year, Interstate Container Cambridge also received the WMDT/Mountaire Farms Environmental Star of the Month Award for outstanding achievement in promoting environmentalism on the Delmarva Peninsula.
About Interstate Container
Interstate Container, a division of Interstate Resources, produces award-winning sustainable corrugated packaging solutions for food processing industries; retail and shelf ready packaging; counter, pallet and POP displays; shipping and transport boxes, custom dunnage and packing materials; and corrugated boards and sheets.
Plants are located in Lowell and Westminster, MA; North Brunswick, NJ; Reading, PA; Cambridge, MD; Asheville and Greensboro, NC; Columbia, SC; and Greeneville, TN.
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