American Logistics Aid Network, Feeding America and MHIA partnering at ProMat

Attendees and exhibitors can help pick and pack relief kits in ProMat Booth 2876

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The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is partnering with Feeding America member food bank the Greater Chicago Food Depository and the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) to build food boxes for emergency response during ProMat 2011.

At ProMat 2011, scheduled for March 21 - 24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, show attendees will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with disaster relief operations. Visitors to the ALAN booth IT 2876 will navigate a specially constructed assembly line to fill a kit with food and paper items to aid a family during a crisis. The kits will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository after the show.

“We are so grateful for the support of the American Logistics Aid Network,” said Kate Maehr, executive director and CEO of the Greater Chicago Food Depository. “This donation arrives at a time when we are serving record numbers of people at pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Cook County. It takes the coordinated efforts of partners like American Logistics Aid Network to put food on the table for people in need.”

Grocery and material handling manufacturers from around the country have offered their assistance. Organizations like Campbell Soup Company, CHEP, Con Agra, Del Monte, International Paper, Tri-Boro, Tri-Factor Distribution Solutions, and Unex have all volunteered products and expertise to complete this project. ALAN is hoping to build approximately one-half truckload of the family kits.

“MHIA is proud to be an organizing sponsor of ALAN and to help present its important work to the tens of thousands of visitors to ProMat 2011,” said John Nofsinger, CEO of MHIA. “ALAN has provided the supply chain community a framework to come together in ways that none of the current 18 sponsors could do alone to make important contribution to this nation’s ability to efficiently and effectively respond to disasters.”

ALAN works with supply chain professionals to connect available resources to needs generated by disaster response organizations such as Feeding America. Many of these organizations pre-stage materials so that they can rapidly respond when disasters occur. As part of their 2011 education efforts, ALAN is encouraging the supply chain community to develop partnerships with relief organizations in their communities. Establishing these public-private partnerships fosters community resiliency and provides opportunities for employee participation in socially responsible causes.

“The impact on and recovery rate of supply chains after an extreme event often defines the magnitude of a disaster,” ALAN president Jock Menzies explained. “Avoiding long-term economic and demographic trauma requires the engagement of the authority, resources, structures and capacities from the government, non-profit and private sectors. FEMA terms it “whole of community”, where everyone has a role to play in disaster response.”

To learn more about ALAN or get involved, visit

ProMat 2011 will be held March 21 - 24, 2011 at McCormick Place South in Chicago. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry.

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