Clewiston, FL – In continuation of their local feeding efforts, the people of U.S. Sugar recently donated more than 2,000 crates of Glades-grown sweet corn across South Florida in partnership with Duda Farm Fresh Foods, C & B Farms in Clewiston and Robert Erneston Produce Inc. of Stuart.
“No matter what challenges face our world, farmers strive to provide safe, locally grown food to Americans every single day,” said Judy Sanchez, Senior Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. “Even with the progress made since the start of the pandemic, many people are still struggling. U.S. Sugar is committed to helping put nutritious food on the family table because everyone deserves access to a healthy meal.”
With distribution hubs in Hendry, Lee, Palm Beach and Martin Counties, U.S. Sugar employees and volunteers provided over 100,000 ears of fresh, Florida-grown sweet corn to nearly two dozen community organizations who serve families in need across the region.
“It is a blessing to know that U.S. Sugar is always there to offer support,” said Janet Hernandez, Mayor of Indiantown. “They have been a constant source of goodwill in times of need, and our town is very grateful.”
As they have for nearly 90 years, the people of U.S. Sugar are proud to continue to serve their local communities. Since COVID-19 began, those efforts have included the donation of thousands of crates of fresh produce, orange juice, bottled water, N95 masks and hand sanitizer to health care employees, and hot meals for elderly and homebound individuals.
“The support we receive from U.S. Sugar has never faltered,” said Steve Wilson, Mayor of Belle Glade. “They show up time and time again always ready to lend a helping hand.”
“U.S. Sugar is constantly engaged with our community here in America’s Sweetest Town,” says Mali Gardner, Clewiston City Commissioner. “They always make sure their neighbors are taken care of, and their efforts within our non-profit community do not go unnoticed.”
“We are doing everything in our power to ensure that no one has to go hungry in our community,” says Stefanie Edwards, Chief Development & Operating Office of the Community Cooperative. “To partner with a company that shares those same values is a blessing.”
U.S. Sugar is recognized as a leading Florida sweet corn grower, its lands producing half of Florida’s entire crop annually.
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About U.S. Sugar
U.S. Sugar is a farming company that grows sugarcane, citrus, sweet corn and other winter and spring vegetables in South Florida. The company was founded in 1931 by Charles Stewart Mott, a visionary leader who hailed from a long line of farmers. Since the beginning, the company’s success has been rooted in traditional farming values and respect for the land.
About Duda Farm Fresh Foods
Starting out as a humble celery farm in 1926, DUDA’s business operations today include Duda Farm Fresh Foods, one of the world’s leading producers and suppliers of celery and other quality fresh and fresh-cut vegetables and citrus; The Viera Company, a highly regarded community developer with fully-integrated real estate operations including Viera Builders, a residential home builder; as well as Duda Ranches, manager of DUDA’s agricultural operations including sod, sugarcane, citrus and cattle.
C & B Farms
C & B consists of farms located in Clewiston, Florida and Baxley, Georgia. C & B grows a wide array of specialty vegetables and herbs both conventionally and organically, and the recent addition of the Georgia farm gives C & B’s customers “year-round options”. C & B is focused on safe, healthy and sustainable food, allowing Chuck to establish a longstanding reputation in the produce industry. His ongoing dedication to quality foods is carrying the company into the future.
About Robert Erneston Produce Inc.
Robert Erneston Produce is proud to serve more than 400 of the finest country clubs, hotels, restaurants, caterers, schools, and retailers in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Indian River Counties. We specialize in procuring the best quality, peak-of-the-season produce grown from local, national and international sources, and delivering this produce in prime condition. Our heavy volume ensures you get the freshest product with the longest possible shelf life.