Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

Kontos Foods Teams Up with Tyson, Restaurant Depot to Deliver Food Aid to Staten Island Companies bring bread, chicken and more in rapid response to Hurricane Sandy   Paterson, N.J. – Nov. 15, 2012 – Kontos Foods, Inc.,a manufacturer and distributor of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, food service and retail stores, has teamed up with two business partners – Tyson Foods and Restaurant Depot – to deliver food aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy in storm-ravaged Staten Island, N.Y. They will be providing meals of bread, chicken, warm meals and more to individuals and families who have lost their homes, or cannot return to them due to power outages or severe storm damage.   “As residents and businesspeople in the Tri-State area, we all know someone who has been personally traumatized by the storm’s devastating effects. With Thanksgiving only a week away, we wanted to do something that would be immediately helpful to help those who are suffering,” said Steve Kontos, Vice President and owner of Kontos Foods.   Donating food to the relief effort was not as straightforward as you might think, according to Donna Appy, the Kontos regional sales manager who helped coordinate the relief effort.   “In the chaos that followed the storm, many communities weren’t set up, or ready, to accept anything but non-perishable and canned goods, and sometimes not even that. We were lucky to team up with Tyson through Restaurant Depot, which has set up a Tyson ‘Meals that Matter’ mobile relief station – including refrigerated trucks – at Miller Field in Staten Island. This week, Kontos will be contributing 100 cases of flatbread to the effort,” said Appy.   Kontos suggests that any food companies or restaurants that want to help with hurricane relief, but aren’t sure whom to contact, should get in touch with their local Office of Emergency Management.   “No one should go hungry in the midst of abundance,” said Kontos. “Families and individuals in devastated coastal areas, in particular, are going to be displaced for a long time. If everyone pitches in, together we can help a lot of people.”   About Kontos   Founded in 1987, Kontos Foods, Inc. is a Paterson, NJ-based provider of traditional Mediterranean foods for restaurants, hotels, food service, retail specialty stores and supermarkets worldwide. The family-owned company specializes in hand-stretched flatbreads, including the Kontos Pocket-Less Pita™, fillo dough, pastries, olives, gyro meats and Greek yogurts, as well as 40 varieties of multi-ethnic flatbreads. Kontos, which has over 200 employees and was founded by Evripides (Evris) Kontos with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. To learn more, visit, or call (800) 969-7428.   Media Contact   Patty Buchanan Fastlane Communications (973) 670-1203   Kontos Contact   Warren Stoll Kontos Foods Inc. 973.278.2800, ext. 326