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Fighting Hunger in the Mid-south

International Paper donation to Mid-South Food Bank provides additional support to fight food insecurity in the company’s hometown

Published 06-28-21

Submitted by International Paper Company

Volunteers at a food bank
Photo courtesy of Mid-South Food Bank

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 28, 2021 /CSRwire/ – International Paper has made a $210,000 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.

“While many of those we serve are still picking themselves up after a tough year, International Paper and their employees continue to be generous supporters,” said Mid-South Food Bank President & CEO Cathy Pope. “Their donation will help us provide 630,000 meals to our neighbors suffering from the effects of the pandemic. This food will make a big impact on thousands of people’s lives in the Mid-South.”

International Paper's latest donation is based on an employee matching gift program and 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 employee engagement and commitment to the company’s signature causes, which include education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief and initiatives that improve the planet.

“The Mid-South Food Bank fills a critical need in our community. Their work helps to eliminate food insecurity and enables families in the Mid-South to lead healthier, more productive lives,” said Dr. Alissa Campbell Shaw, senior manager, Community Engagement, International Paper and executive director, IP Foundation. “We at International Paper are committed, and proud, to help partners like the Mid-South Food Bank address critical needs with our essential products and resources.”

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 www.midsouthfoodbank.org.

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 world-wide 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 approximately 48,000 colleagues and serve more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion. For more information about International Paper, our products and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

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About International Paper

International Paper (NYSE: IP) is a leading global producer of renewable fiber-based packaging and pulp products with manufacturing operations in North America, Latin America, North Africa and Europe. We produce corrugated packaging products that protect and promote goods and enable worldwide commerce, and pulp for diapers, tissue, and other personal hygiene products that promote health and wellness. We are headquartered in Memphis, Tenn. and employ approximately 38,000 colleagues. Net sales for 2020 were $21 billion*. For more information about International Paper, our products, and global citizenship efforts, please visit internationalpaper.com.

*Inclusive of our former pulp and paper mill in Kwidzyn, Poland, which was sold on August 6, 2021, and our former global papers business, which became a standalone, publicly traded company on October 1, 2021.

About International Paper - EMEA

In Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), International Paper focuses on the production and marketing of fiber-based packaging and pulp, employing approximately 4,200 people. As a leading supplier of high-quality corrugated containers for a multitude of applications, we serve customers throughout the region from our network of two recycled containerboard mills and 23 box plants in France, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain. Pulp production is centered in Gdansk, Poland. Other products available from International Paper in the region include Kraft linerboard and recycled containerboard, as well as pulp.

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