Electrolux Donates Appliances to Memphis Organizations and Residents in Need
Local Manufacturer Gives More than $80,000 in Freezers and Ovens to
Food Distribution, Needy Families
MEMPHIS, Tenn. October 22, 2014 — Electrolux today donated a truckload of Frigidaire Chest Freezers and Frigidaire Upright Freezers to the Mid-South Food Bank which will distribute the appliances to 40 different food bank partner agencies. The company is also making a donation of Frigidaire Freestanding Electric Ranges next week through Neighborhood Christian Centers (NCC) for distribution to low-income Shelby County families.
The two Electrolux donations are valued at more than $80,000 and will help Memphians who are struggling financially to have enough to eat, as well as an oven on which to cook, with much needed assistance. The gifts follow other recent donations of cooking appliances and room air conditioners, bringing the total value of the donations in Memphis to more than $300,000.
The freezer donation to the Mid-South Food Bank partner agencies will impact families throughout the region and strengthen the organization’s food distribution infrastructure by increasing its ability to provide healthy, frozen food items.
“With this donation of freezers, we are strengthening the ability of Memphis food pantries to help provide nutritious food,” said Nolan Pike, senior vice president and general manager, North America Cooking Products. “Next week, when we distribute ovens through our partners at Neighborhood Christian Centers, we will address the other half of the equation: ensuring that families can cook a meal at home.”
“The freezers will increase our partner agencies’ capacity to store and distribute frozen products, which in many cases are healthier and more nutritious,” said Estella Mayhue-Greer, president and CEO of Mid-South Food Bank. “This donation comes at a critical time as we work to increase the amount of nutritious food for our hungry neighbors.”
The oven donation at NCC will take place on Monday, October 27, and those wishing to request an appliance donation should contact NCC at 901.881.6013. Applicants will need to provide:
- Proof of home ownership
- Tennessee state ID or driver’s license
- Most recent pay stub or SSI statement
Residents must also have a vehicle to transport the ovens which are 49 inches tall and 30 inches wide.
“The partnership with Electrolux has allowed Neighborhood Christian Centers to serve more of our neighbors and provide appliances that truly improve lives,” said Ephie Johnson, NCC president and CEO. “The donation of ovens will ensure our neighbors are able to prepare food for their families, and we are just so grateful for this opportunity to meet that need and honored to work alongside Electrolux here in Memphis.”
Electrolux is a global leader in home appliances, based on deep consumer insight and developed in close collaboration with professional users. We offer thoughtfully designed, innovative solutions for households and businesses, with products such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, cookers, vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and small domestic appliances. Under esteemed brands including Electrolux, Frigidaire, AEG, Zanussi and Electrolux Grand Cuisine, the Group sells more than 50 million products to customers in more than 150 markets every year. In 2013, Electrolux had sales of $16.7 billion ($5.3 billion in North America) and 61,000 employees. The Electrolux North American headquarters is located at 10200 David Taylor Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262 in the University Research Park. For more information, go to http://newsroom.electrolux.com/us/.
From left to right: Leigh Ann Berko, Electrolux Memphis; Steve Shular, Shelby County Government; Mayor A C Wharton.Download Hi-res / Lo-res
Electrolux volunteer Nathaniel Johns helps load a freezer for Richard Barnhart with Millington First United Methodist Church food pantryDownload Hi-res / Lo-res
From left to right: Leigh Ann Berko, Electrolux Memphis; Cheryl Diane Carter, St. Paul Baptist Church; Estella Mayhue-Greer, Mid-South Food Bank President and CEO. Carter says she had to turn food away yesterday because she didn’t have enough room to store it, but because of today’s donation, that won’t have to happen in the future.Download Hi-res / Lo-res