See’s Candies, the iconic candy company based in South San Francisco, has been donating heaps of its delicious product to frontline workers and community organizations across the West.
The South San Francisco-based company recently donated $125,000 worth of chocolate to the San Mateo County Health Foundation, which will be distributed to county frontline workers. Samaritan House has also received a donation, as has the Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Food Bank, which helped distribute thousands of pounds of candy, along with meals, to families in need. In recent weeks, over 100 tons of See’s Candies have gone to hospitals, schools, food banks, police and fire departments and charitable organizations.
With stores closed due to the shelter-in-place order, See’s Candies couldn’t sell its Easter-themed candies and didn’t want them to go to waste. So it decided to donate the product to various organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald Houses and the YMCA.
ABC7 News’ Dan Ashley recently spoke with See’s Candies CEO Pat Egan in Walnut Creek, where the local See’s Candies store was delivering Easter-themed candies to a local hospital.
“We are so thrilled to be able to support our frontline workers and to put this to good use, and to thrill some people with our product which we absolutely love, and would love to sell, but in this case we get to give,” Egan told Ashley.
Since March, See’s Candies said it has “reconfigured how we make and sell candy,” with fewer people on its production floors. Some of its stores are testing pick-up options, where allowed. For more information and updates, visit See’s Candies’ website here.
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