Garbanzo Beans for Christmas

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Last week PIA Ingredients, a specialty food supplier based in Oceanside, donated 126,000 pounds of garbanzo beans to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.  The donation comes just in time for the holidays with the Food Bank feeding record numbers. The donation will be distributed to the Food Bank’s 350 nonprofit distribution partners with feeding programs. These organizations include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, low-income day care centers, low-income senior centers, rehabilitation centers and food pantries.  The pre-cooked beans are packaged in restaurant-size 10-pound sealed metallic bags which are ideal for hunger-relief organizations with kitchens that serve large numbers of people in need.

The donation also falls in line with the Food Bank’s pursuit of healthy initiatives. Garbanzo beans are low in fat and cholesterol and are an excellent source of protein and dietary fiber. They are also a helpful source of zinc, folate and magnesium.

On hand that day was Gabriel Perez Krieb, managing director of PIA Ingredients Corp.  He joined the Food Bank staff in unloading the donation and hapilly tried all of the products created by our CalFresh Coordinator, Liz, during her cooking demonstration. He spoke to volunteers, our hunger-relief partners, Food Bank staff and the press, “PIA Ingredients is proud to support the Food Bank and the local community with this donation. The Food Bank is currently feeding record numbers through its hunger-relief programs and we know that the Food Bank will be able to use this donation of nutrient-rich food to supplement the diets of the individuals and families it serves.”

Marla Feldman, program director of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, an organization that is a leading supporter of the Food Bank’s long-term nutrition strategy through its Healthy Options, Healthy Meals™ (HOHM) initiative, said, “We’re so proud of the progress the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has made as part of their participation in HOHM.  By securing this healthy donation, they are actively demonstrating their commitment to the cultural and organizational changes they’ve made, as well as to the paradigm shift towards promoting the health and wellness of the communities they serve.“

The Food Bank is incredibly grateful to PIA Ingredients for this amazing donation. Garbanzo beans are an excellent source of protein and fiber and will complement meals that are prepared by our nonprofit partners with hunger-relief programs in soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  This will help the Food Bank provide additional food to individuals and families in need this holiday season and into the New Year when our donations drop significantly, THANK YOU!

Want to try one of Liz’s Recipes? Click here.