As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, U.S. Sugar is making it a priority to assist our local communities because this is where we live and what we do – we farm and we feed families. From the company’s very own hard-working employees to the most vulnerable members of our society, the people of U.S. Sugar are committed to serving our neighbors during these difficult times.
As Florida farmers, it is our mission to provide safe, locally grown food to families across America. Closer to home, with our recent vegetable harvests the people of U.S. Sugar were able to reach deeply into the communities we love by donating nearly 120,000 servings of nutritious green beans and 500,000 ears of sweet corn to deserving churches, healthcare providers, food banks and families across South Florida.
At a time when essential supplies were reaching critically low levels, the people of U.S. Sugar have provided safety necessities to those who needed them most. Through a partnership with Sugar Sand Distillery in Lake Placid, over 1,200 bottles of sugarcane-based hand sanitizer have been delivered to local organizations. Additionally, nearly 20,000 N95 masks were distributed to an array of first responders. We will continue to meet these needs as they arise.
U.S. Sugar is proud to partner alongside Florida Crystals and the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative in a Neighbors Helping Neighbors program that benefits the Glades area to offset challenges COVID-19 has brought many local families. We have provided hot meals for the elderly and other homebound individuals in Pahokee, Belle Glade and South Bay – providing for and delivering more than 17,500 meals prepared by local restaurants.
The people of U.S. Sugar are more than just employees, we are a family of dedicated, hard-working individuals who come together even when circumstances are less than ideal. Through the generosity of our President and CEO, Robert H. Buker Jr., and his wife, we provided 2,000 pounds of meat and orange juice to the diligent farmers and food processing workers who make our operations at U.S. Sugar possible.
“We’d like to thank U.S. Sugar for being a committed partner of Take Stock and our mission. They are making a big difference in the lives of Florida families and organizations by helping supply food during this time.” – Take Stock in Children
“Thank you, U.S. Sugar, for providing Molly’s House and many other non-profits with fresh corn today! We appreciate you! Our guests will love it!” – Molly’s House of Stuart
“Hendry County would like to thank U.S. Sugar for their donation of N95 masks and hand sanitizer to Hendry County EMS and Fire! Your commitment to the health and safety of our community is greatly appreciated!” – Hendry County Emergency Management
“Thank you to U.S. Sugar, which we can always count on to be a good corporate citizen, especially in times of crisis. We appreciate their support in providing fresh food to our LaBelle community.” – Mitchell Wills, Pastor of LaBelle Christ Central Church
“When ‘God Made a Farmer,’ he also made a selfless and humble servant that provides food for those in need. During this Holy Week, we appreciate the kindness and generosity U.S. Sugar and its people are showing during this difficult time.” – Pastor Jeff Smith, First United Methodist Church in Clewiston
“We are grateful to U.S. Sugar for the 50+ bushels of green beans they donated… U.S. Sugar has been a strong partner through the years and we are very appreciative of their continued support of the Community Cooperative.” — Stefanie Edwards, Chief Development & Operating Officer of the Community Cooperative