International Paper Provides Funding to Mid-South Food Bank

International Paper Provides Funding to Mid-South Food Bank

Donation provides additional support to fight food insecurity in the company’s hometown

Monday, April 27, 2020 - 12:45pm

MEMPHIS, Tenn., April 27, 2020 /3BL Media/ – International Paper has made a $220,000 donation to Mid-South Food Bank to support year-round hunger relief efforts. The donation is above and beyond the company’s recurring $100,000 pledge to support the organization’s ability to respond to food insecurity in its 31-county service region.

"With this generous gift – equivalent to more than 665,000 meals – we can continue to distribute food, as well as hope, to so many who are struggling in this Covid-19 emergency," said Mid-South Food Bank President & CEO Cathy Pope. "We are distributing food at an unprecedented rate because we know the people we serve do not have the resources to stock up, and with kids out of school plus job losses due to business closures, people are hurting.  We're here to make food one less thing they have to worry about."

International Paper's latest donation provides additional funding to help ensure Mid-South Food Bank can continue to fulfill its mission to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South. This support is just one example of International Paper’s commitment to the company’s signature causes, which include education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief and initiatives that improve the planet.

 “We are commited to mobilizing our resources to address critical needs in the communities where our more than 50,000 employees live and work,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, Community Engagement, International Paper and executive director, IP Foundation. “We commend the strategic and critically important work that our hometown food bank does to takle food insecurity in our community.”

About Mid-South Food Bank

Mid-South Food Bank is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks.  With the mission to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid-South, the Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of nutritious food in 12 counties in west Tennessee, 18 counties in north Mississippi and one county in east Arkansas.  More information is available at

About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa and Russia. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce; pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness; and papers that facilitate education and communication. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., employ more than 50,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2019 were $22 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit


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