The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is once again conducting its Defeat Hunger campaign in conjunction with the 2017 PROCESS EXPO. The Defeat Hunger campaign is just one of FPSA’s “Giving Back” initiatives.

“Over the past two shows, the Defeat Hunger campaign has already generated enough donations to provide over 560,000 meals to the people of Cook County,” said Jeff Dahl, chairman of the FPSA Foundation. “Given the impressive participation of our exhibitors and other partners of the campaign, our goal for 2017 is to add another 400,000 meals to our total and continue raising awareness of this critical issue. The Greater Chicago Food Depository does tremendous work for the community of Cook County and it is an honor to work with them in addressing food insecurity.”

The campaign was kicked off in the spring and will run through the last day of PROCESS EXPO. The 2017 campaign was launched with a $75,000 donation by the FPSA Foundation, and will include a wide variety of partners such as FPSA members, local food processors, PROCESS EXPO exhibitors and the Greater Chicago Food Depository with the goal of addressing food insecurity in Greater Cook County.

“FPSA, its Foundation and its members made a commitment long ago to provide assistance to those in need in the city of Chicago, the home of PROCESS EXPO,” said David Seckman, president and CEO of FPSA. “Thanks to our many partners involved in this year’s campaign we are confident we will exceed our donation goal and help Greater Chicago Food Depository in providing assistance to those in need.”

There will be a press conference at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21 to report on how successful the Defeat Hunger program was at the 2017 show.