Renewable fibre-based packaging products supplier International Paper has pledged to donate two million corrugated boxes for Covid-19 relief efforts.

The commitment came in response to the increasing demand for food assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The boxes will be used in distributing food.

The donated boxes will benefit various hunger-relief organisations including Feeding America and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) and other relief agencies.

Feeding America CEO Claire Babineaux-Fontenot said: “Ensuring the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and our neighbours while serving our communities is Feeding America’s top priority.

“We are tremendously grateful for International Paper for their donation of boxes – an essential component of food distribution during the pandemic.”

The Global FoodBanking Network has launched a social media campaign #HelpFillTheBoxes to encourage people to donate to food banks in their communities.

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Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, International Paper is one of the leading global producers of renewable fibre-based packaging, pulp and paper products, serving more than 25,000 customers in 150 countries.

International Paper chairman and chief executive officer Mark Sutton said: “Our employees are passionate about supporting critical community needs, and we recognize that our boxes are essential for distributing food to people hit hardest by the pandemic.

“Our employees and our boxes are helping improve the ability of food banks to serve communities around the world.”

In March this year, International Paper agreed to sell its Brazilian corrugated packaging business to local packaging company Klabin.