RALEIGH, N.C., April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Grifols, one of the world's three top providers of plasma-derived medicines to treat life-threatening diseases, today announced that its U.S. network of over 220 donor centers collaborated with local food banks and pantries to collect more than 250,000 pounds of groceries to help address food insecurity in local communities.
According to Feeding America, a leading national hunger non-profit, the 253,000 pounds of food collected translates into 211,000i meals to help support the over 50,000 familiesii that cannot put sufficient food on the table.
Feeding America reports that one in five children in the U.S. are regularly hungry while 49.1 million Americans live in households without sufficient food.
"Collecting food is one way we can help stamp out hunger," said Bryan Gump, manager for the Grifols Biomat USA center in Canton, Ohio, which raised 9,182 pounds of the total. "It's important to us to be good citizens in the communities we serve. The drive was also a great way to bring us all together for a common cause."
Grifols employees, donors and community neighbors collected the non-perishable food donations in March through food drives, fundraisers and also serving as drop-off points for more than100 local food banks and pantries.
The company, which operates the largest network of plasma donor centers, enabled its donors to double their generosity, through both their life-saving plasma donations as well as the food drive.
For Grifols, the food drive is the broadest community services initiative it has ever conducted in the U.S. It is a clear example of the company's commitment to partner with local organizations and give back to society while meeting its mission of improving the health and wellbeing of people around the world.
Grifols is a global healthcare company founded in Barcelona in 1940, committed to improving the health and well-being of people around the world. Its four divisions - Bioscience, Diagnostic, Hospital and Bio Supplies - develop, produce and market innovative solutions and services in more than 100 countries.
As pioneers in the field of the plasma science, Grifols is one of the largest plasma companies, with a growing network of donation centers worldwide. It develops this plasma into essential medicines used to treat rare, chronic and, at times, life-threatening conditions. As a recognized leader in transfusion medicine, Grifols also offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions designed to enhance safety from donation through transfusion. And the company supplies tools, information and services that enable hospitals, pharmacies and healthcare professionals to efficiently deliver expert medical care.
Grifols, with more than 21,000 employees in 30 countries, is committed to a sustainable business model that sets the standard for continuous innovation, quality, safety and ethical leadership in the industry.
The company's class A shares are listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange, where they are part of the Ibex-35 (MCE:GRF). Grifols non-voting class B shares are listed on the Mercado Continuo (MCE:GRF.P) and on the U.S. NASDAQ through ADRs (NASDAQ:GRFS).
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i "Food drives can raise 700 pounds per distribution location — roughly 583 meals." Feeding America. "Fundraise for your local food bank." Accessed April 8, 2019. https://www.feedingamerica.org/ways-to-give/food-drives.
ii Based on a family of four