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StarKist® Donates $150,000 To Feed The Children To Help Fight Hunger

New StarKist Commercial, Featuring Charlie® the Tuna, Thanks Frontline Workers & Volunteers; Highlights the Company's Partnership with Feed the Children

PITTSBURGH, June 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- StarKist Co., a food company that provides trusted, healthy, shelf-stable seafood and chicken in the United States, is continuing its partnership with Feed the Children by donating more than $150,000 in financial support, disaster response and product donations this year.  Feed the Children is a nonprofit dedicated to relieving hunger in the Unites States and around the world.

Throughout the past 11 years, StarKist has contributed nearly 500,000 pounds of tuna and chicken product to help food-insecure children and families across the U.S., and more than $600,000 to support Feed the Children's disaster and emergency response efforts.

"We're grateful for our partnership with Feed the Children during this unprecedented time," said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO. "No child should go hungry in this country, but we know the need is great.  We've all seen the effect COVID-19 has had on communities, and together we hope to help those in need, especially during this pandemic."

The 2020 partnership will officially kick-off on June 9 with food and hygiene boxes, including StarKist's nutritious and protein-packed products as well as additional bags of much-needed items such as laundry detergent, vitamin water, protein bars and other assorted ready-to-eat snacks delivered to Light of Life Rescue Mission. The distributed product, estimated to weigh several thousand pounds, will provide hope and resources for approximately 1,600 individuals. Established in 1952, Light of Life Rescue Mission is a Christian nonprofit organization providing life changing recovery programs and food and shelter for Pittsburgh's poor and homeless. 

"We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during this unsettling time around COVID-19," said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. "This crisis has put a strain on our resources and the resources of our partners. However, through our partnership with StarKist, we can support America's most vulnerable during this crippling pandemic."

New StarKist Commercial
The Feed the Children and StarKist partnership will be hitting the small screen, starting on June 19.  A new StarKist television commercial will feature Charlie® the Tuna thanking workers and volunteers for keeping us safe and fed during these challenging times.  The spot will air on national cable channels and proudly highlights StarKist's commitment to Feed the Children.  To view the commercial, visit

StarKist Has Heart for Those Impacted by COVID-19
In addition to the work that is being done with Feed the Children, StarKist has made financial and product donations to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Kids Meal Network (via United Methodist Church Union in Pittsburgh), as well as relief efforts in Ecuador.  

Visit and follow @StarKistCharlie to learn more about the company's commitment to giving back, its products and to explore StarKist developed recipes.

About StarKist Co.
StarKist Co. provides trusted, healthy, food products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations®, Salmon Creations® and Chicken Creations®.  As America's favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist's charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a direct wholly owned subsidiary of Dongwon Industries Co., Ltd.

About Feed the Children:
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships. Visit for more information.

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Michelle Faist


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