Kontos Foods Coordinates With Zoe’s Kitchen and Texas Chefs Association to Deliver Much Needed Food to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Pita and Flatbread donated to feed those stranded in need

Paterson, N.J. – Sept. 14, 2017 –Kontos Foods, Inc., a U.S.- based manufacturer and distributor of traditional artisan breads and Mediterranean specialty foods, is coordinating two separate efforts to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas. Kontos Foods has teamed up with business customer Zoe’s Kitchen to deliver food aid to victims in storm-ravaged areas in and around Houston. Zoe’s Kitchen Fresh Made Mediterranean, a fast casual restaurant chain headquartered in Plano, Texas, will help distribution of breads working through the American Red Cross. Specifically, Kontos Foods will be supplying 100 cases of its 6-inch Pocket-Less Pita®, as well as 120 cases of 8-inch, Pocket Pita, enough for many thousands of full servings.

In addition, Kontos Foods is pairing up with the Texas Chefs Association, a chapter of the American Culinary Federation, to supply food to the Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont, Texas, another area hit by severe flooding. Kontos will be donating 120 cases of 8-inch Pocket Pita.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Texas who’ve been displaced or whose lives were upended by this horrible storm,” said Steve Kontos, Vice President and owner of Kontos Foods. “We know from when
Hurricane Sandy hit the Tri-State area how devastating a storm like this can be and we wanted to do our small part to help relieve some of their suffering, and what better way than to team up with a couple of our key partners in the local area.”

“The Mercy Chefs (a non-profit chefs relief organization) in Texas are producing a steady 4,000 meals in Rockport, Texas, and 11,500 (yesterday) in Houston, and the Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont) is just trying to keep up with water and food distribution,” said Mark R Schneider, CEC, CCE, AAC, Chairman of the Board, Texas Chefs Association-ACF. “A BIG THANKS!!!! in advance to Kontos, it is going to help so many people in need.”

Donald Stagg, of the Southeast Texas Food Bank said, “Bless you guys, we can certainly use the help.”
“No one should go hungry,” added Kontos. “Whether it’s working through a local food bank such as the FoodBank of New Jersey, or collaborating with the Red Cross to provide assistance to victims of a natural disaster, working together hopefully no one will go to bed hungry.”

About Kontos Foods
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 together with his son Steven, together bring over 100 years’ experience in the premium food industry. To learn more, visit www.kontos.com, or call (973) 278-2800.

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