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Beech-Nut today announced an $80,000 donation of baby food and infant products to the American Red Cross to assist in the recovery efforts in downstate New York and New Jersey.

“It wasn’t that long ago when Hurricane Irene devastated Upstate New York, displacing many families across the region for several weeks,” said Beech Nut President Jeff Boutelle. “We recognize the overwhelming challenges that so many families will now be facing in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. As a result, many parents will not have the ability to provide their children with the most basic necessities. That is why we are partnering with the American Red Cross to ensure the families impacted by Sandy will have nutritious food to provide their children as they start the recovery process and begin to rebuild.”

“We are very fortunate to have such a strong corporate partner like Beechnut, a company that always supports our efforts to help those in need,” said Gary Striar, CEO of the American Red Cross Northeastern New York Region. “I’m very proud to work closely with Dave Scianimanico, Vice Chair of the ARCNENY Board of Directors and Chief Supply Chain Officer of Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation. Dave brings an immense amount of energy and compassion to our organization.”

The Red Cross is helping people now, and will be in the affected areas of New York and New Jersey for weeks to come, providing food, shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those affected by the devastating storm.

Beech Nut Nutrition Corporation is utilizing its warehouse operations in New Jersey to load over 40 pallets of infant and baby food products to be delivered to locations in New York City, Long Island and New Jersey. The products being delivered include stage one through stage five jarred fruit and vegetable baby food, banana cookies, box cereal and healthy baked snacks.

About Beech-Nut:

Since 1931, Beech-Nut Nutrition Corporation has been built on a history of innovation and dedication to infant nutrition. Headquartered in Latham, New York, Beech-Nut is the number two leading baby food brand in the United States and is committed to deliver more nutritious choices for parents and babies. As a subsidiary of Hero Group of Lenzburg, Switzerland, a global leader in consumer goods and infant feeding, Beech-Nut is able to combine resources to continuously improve food and nutrition for infants.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at