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Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. is teaming up with CHEP, an industry leader in pallet and container pooling solutions, to assist Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin manage inbound and outbound donations.
Retailers and manufacturers can ship their product donations to Feeding America on CHEP pallets at no charge. In addition, CHEP is covering the collection of empty pallets from Feeding America.
“We are grateful that CHEP is joining us in providing needed assistance to such a great organization as Feeding America,” said Mark Nolan, Roundy’s senior VP of supply chain. “By supplying its pallets free of charge to Roundy’s and several of our trading partners, CHEP is eliminating the need to transfer loads to pallets that may damage products during the delivery process.”
Roundy’s is a longtime supporter of Feeding America, supplying grocery products, funds and volunteer time for the food pantries and shelters the charity supplies. In 2010, executives at Roundy’s invited CHEP to join the grocer in contributing product handling support to Feeding America and CHEP offered the free use of its pallets for shipments by both Roundy’s and other suppliers to the Feeding America facilities in Milwaukee and Omro, Wis.
“The team at CHEP is pleased to help organizations like Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin achieve their charitable goals,” said Karen Hempel, CHEP USA senior VP of sales and marketing. “We will continue to actively support worthy community organizations in the locations where CHEP has a presence.”
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the largest, private, non-profit distributor of food in the state, distributing more than 14 million pounds of food annually to 1,100 food pantries, meal programs and shelters.
Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. operates 155 retail grocery stores under the Pick ’n Save, Copps, Rainbow, Metro Market and Mariano’s Fresh Market banners in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.
CHEP is a global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions, serving many of the world’s largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive.