Frieda’s Honored as ‘Community Hero’

Second Harvest Food Bank lauded Frieda’s continuous support at Angels baseball pre-game ceremony

Left to right: Karen Caplan and Alex Jackson from Frieda’s Specialty Produce, Bill Denny from Wells Fargo, and Pooja Pelham and Menna Eshete from Second Harvest.

LOS ALAMITOS, CA (August 2015) – Frieda’s Specialty Produce was recognized by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County as the Wells Fargo Community Hero on August 21, 2015, in front of over 40,000 baseball fans at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Wells Fargo also made a $1,000 donation to Second Harvest to further support its mission to end hunger. Every dollar donated provides enough food for three meals for the hungry.

“It is such an amazing opportunity to be able to highlight our most supportive partnership with Frieda’s, thanks to Wells Fargo and the Angels,” said Menna Eshete, Community Relations Coordinator of Second Harvest. “Working with organizations that share our passion in ending hunger creates a stronger team to make what seems like the impossible, possible.”

“As a family-owned and -managed company, we value the relationships we have with our community,” said Karen Caplan, President and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. “We have been donating edible but not saleable produce to Second Harvest since the company moved to Orange County more than 20 years ago.”

“There are so many people who face hunger, right here in our own backyard, and we feel the best way to help is to donate fresh produce that would otherwise go to waste,” added Caplan.

About Frieda’s Inc.

With over 50 years of fresh produce innovation, Frieda’s Specialty Produce continues to change the way America eats fruits and vegetables. Founded in 1962 by Frieda Caplan, Frieda’s was the first wholesale produce company in the U.S. to be founded, owned, and operated by a woman, and is still a family- and women-owned business today. Frieda’s has introduced more than 200 specialty items to U.S. produce departments, including Kiwifruit, Spaghetti Squash, Habanero Peppers, Sunchokes®, Stokes Purple® Sweet Potatoes, Sangria and Fiore Viola Artichokes, and many more. Frieda’s featured program is “Eat One Fruit a Day That Scares You,” which encourages everyone to #FearNoFruit. Connect with Frieda’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and at

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County

Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in Orange County. We are the largest nonprofit hunger relief organization in Orange County, leading the fight to end hunger in our community. Second Harvest distributes donated, purchased and prepared foods through a network of more than 320 community partners in 470 locations throughout the county. Second Harvest is a member of Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization. Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank’s work in the community – and how you can help – at