The Florham Park-based chemical company said the donation includes a $150,000 corporate donation, $170,000 collected during a virtual employee food drive and $45,000 donated by BASF’s facilities in Louisiana, Michigan and Texas.
The company said it will continue to match employee contributions for Feeding America, a network of food banks helping communities in need.
“Millions of people across the United States are struggling to find nutritious food and provide meals for their families during this unprecedented time,” Paul Rea, senior vice president, BASF, Agricultural Solutions North America, said. “There is no time where the need is more pressing than during and after a crisis of this magnitude. We hope our support inspires communities to assist Feeding America’s efforts by donating money, goods or their time to help neighbors, friends and families during their time of need.”
Feeding America will also distribute the donation to member food banks close to BASF facilities in Louisiana, Michigan, Texas, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, California and Ohio, it said.
“We are grateful to BASF for being a partner of Feeding America before the COVID-19 pandemic and for coming forward with additional support,” Lauren Biedron, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America, said. “This gift will allow member food banks to continue helping families put food on their tables during this difficult time.”