Mr. FINCHER. Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize National Frozen Food Month. Frozen food companies play a vital role in providing families with a diverse range of convenient and nutritious foods to support healthy eating and an active lifestyle.
Frozen foods companies also make an important contribution to the American economy by supporting more than 225,000 jobs nationwide with a combined annual payroll topping $8.5 billion. From the farm to the city the economic impact of frozen food companies can be seen all across the country.
It is a great honor that I salute two frozen food companies employing folks in Tennessee. Since 1906 the Kellogg Company has helped families start there day off right. Kellogg has operated the largest Eggo frozen waffle facility in the country from Rossville, TN since 1988. Kellogg's expanded the facility in 1992 and again in 2006. Kellogg and the frozen food industry are also giving back to America's communities.
Their MorningStar Farms brand sponsored the Frozen Food Foundation's 2013 5K last month bringing together 400 youth, teens and adults, including the Boys & Girls Clubs in a public display of their commitment to health and wellness.
Another frozen food leader in Tennessee is the Pictsweet food company. Family-owned and family-run for four generations, the company continues to be pure Tennessee. Founded in 1945 and headquartered in Bells, Tennessee the company has weathered good times and bad while still providing American families with delicious frozen garden-fresh vegetables across the United States.
With six manufacturing and distribution facilities in the United States, the Pictsweet Brand is now one of the fastest growing national retail brands of frozen vegetables.
Mr. Speaker, in celebration of National Frozen Food Month, I applaud Kellogg's, Pictsweet and the entire frozen food industry for their hard work in providing jobs and nutritious food to our country.