AG awards money recovered in price fixing case to food banks
Food banks across North Carolina will get more than $740,000 in grant funds to help fight hunger, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Tuesday at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina in Winston- Salem.
The money comes at a time when the state’s food banks are working harder than ever to meet the needs of North Carolina families hit by the economic downturn. North Carolina food banks have seen a 30 percent increase in need since 2006, according to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks.
“Many people who’ve never needed their local food bank before suddenly do. Meanwhile, many of the families and companies that typically give to their local food bank have had to cut back as well,” Cooper said. “I hope these grants can aid struggling families and spur others in the community to continue to give what they can to help those in need.”
Food banks across North Carolina will get a total of $741,220 from the Attorney General’s Office, to be distributed across the state as follows:
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is located in Winston-Salem and serves 18 counties: $158,188
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is located in Charlotte and serves 19 counties: $173,143
• Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina is located in Fayetteville and serves seven counties: $73,912
• Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is located in Raleigh and serves 34 counties: $168,523
• Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is located in Raleigh and serves the greater Triangle region: $45,774
• MANNA Food Bank is located in Asheville and serves 16 counties: $72,061
• Food Bank of the Albemarle is located in Elizabeth City and serves 15 counties: $49,619
About one in seven North Carolinians seek help each year from a food bank, according to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. The state’s food banks partner with more than 2,700 agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, food delivery programs, Meals- On-Wheels, and feeding programs for seniors, children and families to help those in need. Thirty percent of the people served by food banks in North Carolina are children, another 16 percent are elderly, and a third are among the working poor.
Funding for the grants comes from North Carolina’s share of a national settlement Cooper and 22 other attorneys general reached with major vitamin manufacturers in late 2009. The attorneys general alleged that certain vitamin manufacturers got together and fixed prices of vitamin ingredients that they sold to food processors and drug manufacturers.
The companies that sold these vitamins and have paid approximately $25 million to the states are: Akzo Nobel Inc.; Bioproducts Incorporated, Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc.; Chinook Global Limited and Chinook Group, Inc.; Evonik Degussa GmbH, successor to Degussa AG, and Evonik Degussa Corporation; Lonza AG; Merck KGaA, E. Merck and EM Industries, Inc.; Nepera, Inc.; Sumitomo Chemical America, Inc. and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation and Tanabe U.S.A., Inc.; UCB Pharma, Inc.; and, Vertellus Specialties Inc. and Vertellus Chemicals SA.