DS Smith Celebrates Thanksgiving for Thousands

DS Smith North America Paper and Packaging Supports Mountaire Farms’ 24th Annual Thanksgiving for Thousands

DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper is proudly assisting long-time partner Mountaire Farms in their efforts to provide Thanksgiving meals to over 50,000 residents in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

 Mountaire’s Thanksgiving for Thousands program, launched 24 years ago, fosters community spirit by bringing together employees, local charities and other contributors all along the Delmarva Peninsula. In more recent years, the program has expanded to Lumber Bridge and Siler City, NC where each year thousands are provided Thanksgiving meals. 

 “Thanksgiving for Thousands has blossomed over the past five years, and we’re proud to be a part of its growth. We worked with Mountaire to create a special themed box that ensures that the food inside arrives as intended and can be reused by the recipient. It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” said Pete Bugas, Sales and Commercial Director for Greencoat® and Mechanical Packaging for DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper.

Hundreds of volunteers, including employees from Mountaire, DS Smith and many local groups worked together in Selbyville, DE and Lumber Bridge, NC to pack nearly 10,000 dinner boxes in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Every box distributed will provide all the necessary ingredients to cook a nutritious Thanksgiving dinner for up to six people. These ingredients include a Mountaire roaster, corn, string beans, yams, stuffing mix, gravy, cranberry sauce and brownie mix. The dinner boxes will be distributed during the Thanksgiving week to food pantries, governmental agencies, churches, and shut-ins.

DS Smith facilities in Cambridge, MD and Reading, PA have worked closely with suppliers Mark/Trece, Inc. and Stafford Cutting Dies, Inc. to produce and donate the corrugated boxes needed for this food drive and other Mountaire initiatives throughout the year.

Mountaire Farms & DS Smith: A History of Innovative Partnership

Mountaire and DS Smith have joined forces before to benefit a wider community. In 2009, DS Smith Packaging Cambridge collaborated with Mountaire Farms to develop Greencoat®, an innovative alternative to traditional wax boxes.

 Greencoat boxes have significantly reduced Mountaire Farm’s carbon footprint and streamlined its supply chain. The FBA-certified, 100% recyclable, repulpable and compostable box can be used to pack poultry, meat, seafood, fresh produce, floral, and stone products.

 Over the last five years, 377,469 tons of Greencoat wax replacement boxes were recycled instead of the same number of wax-coated boxes, which has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions.