NEW YORK, March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United by a shared belief in the power of food to nourish communities across the United States, both companies felt a tremendous need to help those less fortunate during this uncertain time, and a heightened responsibility to do more.
"At Freshly, we understand the comfort that comes with knowing you have your meals planned, cooked fresh, and delivered to your doorstep so I knew we needed to help. We want to make sure people served by Meals on Wheels still receive this vital service too when they need it most," said Michael Wystrach, Freshly's Founder and CEO.
"As this crisis continues to disrupt the lives of our employees, consumers and communities, this is one of the ways we're mobilizing relief efforts across the US, and around the world to help," said Steve Presley, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé USA. "I'm proud of the collective efforts across Nestlé and the industry to extend our support to communities in this time of need."
At times like these, Freshly, Nestlé, and Meals on Wheels are standing together to provide access to safe and healthy food delivery and distribution across America. For decades, Meals on Wheels has been working on the front lines to improve the quality of life of the seniors they serve. And at this time, Freshly and Nestlé could not be prouder to support their COVID-19 Response Fund, which is helping local communities across the U.S. to meet the increased demand for nutritious meals that can keep our seniors safe and healthy.
"Freshly and Nestlé's extremely generous joint donation of $500,000 will help to provide certainty and much-needed support during this unprecedented time," said Ellie Hollander, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels America. "Local Meals on Wheels programs in communities across the country are working tirelessly to deliver a vital lifeline to our most at-risk Americans, and this generous contribution is an incredible example of how concerned companies can step up for seniors during this extraordinary time of need."
Both companies are encouraging consumers and employees with the means, to donate what they can to the fund, and share with their networks, to amplify the impact. Join Freshly and Nestle and help support during this time – donate at https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/FreshlyNestle.
About Freshly and Nestlé
Freshly and Nestlé joined forces in 2017 when Nestlé acquired a minority stake in Freshly's prepared meal subscription business. The companies were brought together with a common desire to find new ways to deliver delicious, nutritious ready-to-eat meals to consumers in ways that fit their modern needs.
Freshly is a fast-growing, food-tech startup and the largest fresh-prepared meal delivery service in the country. It's their mission to break down the barriers to healthy eating. Freshly was recently recognized on Forbes 'America's Best Startup Employers in 2020' and Deloitte's 'Technology Fast 500 Companies' list. To learn more about freshly, visit freshly.com
Nestlé USA is committed to enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future for individuals and families, for our communities and for the planet. The company's food and beverage portfolio includes some of the most recognizable brands in the United States including Coffee mate, DiGiorno and Nestlé Toll House as well as category disruptors such as Sweet Earth, and are in nearly every home in the country. Nestlé USA also boasts the largest coffee portfolio in the U.S. with Nescafé, Nestlé Starbucks Coffee and Chameleon Cold Brew. With 2019 sales of $11 billion, Nestlé USA is part of Nestlé S.A. in Vevey, Switzerland — the world's largest food and beverage company, which has been named among "The World's Most Admired Food Companies" by Fortune magazine for twenty-three consecutive years. For product news and information, visit Nestleusa.com or Facebook.com/NestleUSA
About Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels America is the leadership organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior isolation and hunger. This network serves virtually every community in America and, along with more than two million staff and volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America's seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity. By providing funding, leadership, education, research and advocacy support, Meals on Wheels America empowers its local member programs to strengthen their communities, one senior at a time. For more information, or to find a Meals on Wheels provider near you, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org