Food bank to launch line of meals, 'Simply Suppers'

'Our business is to supply affordable food, and that's what we hope to accomplish'

[caption id="attachment_23476" align="alignright" width="288" caption="The Redwood Empire Food Bank will begin production of its first three Simply Supper packages in mid-August."][/caption]

SANTA ROSA – The Redwood Empire Food Bank is breaking new ground by launching its own line of affordable meals-in-a-box.

The first three "Simply Supper" meals will go into production in mid-August, according to David Goodman, REFB executive director.

"Historically, food banks distribute donated food. Donations are critical and they're efficient, and there is plenty of surplus food available. But rather than relying on what good fortune will bring us we wanted to take control of our inventory," he said.

With the idea of bringing families together and promoting nutritious, tasty, home-cooked meals as an alternative to cheap fast food, REFB put together a team to develop and brand three pilot meals: Black Bean Chili, Curried Lentil and Rice Stew and Baked Ziti.

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