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Regional Distributors, Inc. and our customers continue our partnership with Elara Foodservice Disposables to fight hunger through Elara’s One Case/One Meal hunger relief program. The signature program provides meals in partnership with a local food bank to community members struggling with hunger. For each case of Elara products purchased, Elara provides a meal to an individual at risk of going hungry.

Based on the number of Elara cases Regional Distributors, Inc. purchased in 2018, Elara made a financial contribution to FoodlinkNY on our behalf that helped provide over 17,000 meals to local community members. Coupled with contributions from previous years, Regional and our customers have helped provide thousands of meals for local community members and families struggling with hunger and are actively helping our community with hunger relief efforts. We plan to continue our partnership with Elara for 2019 with a goal of increasing our contribution to Foodlink and our community as a whole.

In today’s hard economic environment, the need for food and services for people at risk of hunger has never been greater. Approximately 1 in 7 Americans are hungry, including more than 1 in 5 children. In Central and Western New York alone, Foodlink reports that 36% of their clients served are children. Additionally:

  • 26% of client households include at least one employed adult
  • 82% of client households have incomes below the federal poverty level
  • 30% of client households report having at least one member in poor health
  • 23% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
  • 50% of clients are White; 37% are Black; 11% are Hispanic; 2% are from other racial groups

By joining Elara in their mission to fight hunger in America, Regional, our customers, and numerous other businesses across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by helping to change these statistics. “Regional has a long standing partnership and friendship with the entire Elara team. Elara President Dan Grinberg combined his love for building great companies with his passion for fighting hunger. We’re proud to help support Elara’s social mission and our local community members with this important endeavor,” shares Tracy Scalen, President and CEO, Regional Distributors, Inc.

Help fight hunger in our community one case, one meal at a time. Order online or contact us to place your order of Elara food service disposables.

About Elara Foodservice Disposables

Elara Foodservice Disposables is a designer and producer of high quality food contact gloves, plastic cutlery, food storage bags, and related products for restaurant and institutional foodservice operators. Elara is dedicated to providing high-quality, professional strength products at affordable prices and goes above and beyond to maintain the highest standard of food safety.

About Foodlink

Foodlink is a regional food hub serving the 10-county area in the Genesee Valley and Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York. Foodlink rescues and redistributes over 19 million pounds of food annually to a network of 500 programs. As a founding member of Feeding America, Foodlink is part of a national network of 200 food banks. Today, Foodlink's regional network of agencies and services - including human service agencies, commercial kitchens, nutrition education courses, and numerous other access points for healthy foods - serves 15 million meals annually to an estimated 200,000 people.

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"Joyful experience" is the term that comes to mind to define our partnership with Regional Distributors, Inc. Every single staff person, from the customer service reps to delivery men, have been nothing less than absolutely cheerful and helpful. No matter how complicated our request, they go above and beyond by accommodating our needs with complete attentiveness and are genuinely happy to help in any way possible."

Raymond Klem, Calvary St. Andrew's Emergency Food Cupboard, Rochester