McLane Hunger Solutions, formerly known as HRDN – Hunger Relief Distribution Network, is a division of McLane Global and was established specifically to put to use the experience and expertise of 100 years of grocery distribution and a half century of international trading, to work for the Hunger Relief effort. Although a “for profit” business, McLane Hunger Solutions is committed to the mission of eradicating hunger in the world.
HRDN is now McLane Hunger Solutions
As we entered our fifth year of helping hunger relief organizations across the country purchase food as efficiently as possible, we took time to analyze our business, and realized we are not the same company that started in 2013. We’ve grown substantially. In the last year alone, we moved into a brand-new building in Houston, welcomed a new McLane Global CEO, and have many other investments planned this next year.
After careful analysis, we’ve decided our name need to better represent who we are and who we want to be. We pride ourselves on being problem solvers and thinking outside of the box to help our customers achieve their goals.
Experience and Expertise
McLane Hunger Solutions is a division of McLane Global, a premier import and export trade management service provider, global sourcing and logistics company headquartered in Houston. Since 1958, McLane Global has delivered end-to-end solutions to a worldwide network of enterprises in the domestic and international consumer foods product industry.
McLane Hunger Solutions has its roots in a retail grocery business founded by Robert McLane in 1894. Over the span of nearly 100 years, the company grew into a wholesale grocery business and served some of the nation’s largest retail grocery chains, restaurants and convenience stores. The McLane family sold the business to Wal-Mart in 1990, and Robert McLane’s grandson, Drayton McLane, Jr., who had begun to expand into other grocery and foodservice businesses in the mid-1970s, purchased M-C International in 1994. He later named it McLane Global.
The McLane Hunger Solutions staff holds some 200 years of combined experience in the food industry. They bring together career-long expertise in sourcing, procuring, inventory management, cost controls and distribution of food products to customers in a variety of food industry segments.
We employ the industry’s most sophisticated software and management systems — systems used by Microsoft and other leading software design companies. These cost-saving systems produce operational efficiencies, effective inventory management, logistic design and planning, and efficient accounting and record keeping.
We offer Hunger Relief Organizations unequalled advantages. Our purchasing power is propelled by our long history and staff experience, and state-of-the-art business systems. Our extensive network and relationships with both U.S. and foreign food producers; trucking, rail and shipping companies; and distribution centers offer food banks quality and nutritious food products at the lowest price possible.
We maintain a 282,000-square foot warehouse and distribution center at our headquarters in Houston. With distribution facilities in Texas and Indiana and plans to add distribution centers on both the East Coast and West Coast, McLane Hunger Solutions’ reach is truly national.
This means we’re able ship products from locations nearest you and even ship directly from food producers, saving transportation costs and time and therefore offering you the lowest price possible.
We also maintain a number of “never-out” food products, most often requested by food banks and other hunger relief organizations. We always have in inventory those food products that are most in demand. We can meet your sudden or unexpected needs and offer you the same prices whether you order a truckload, partial truckload or even mixed pallet of products.
McLane Hunger Solutions also specializes in offering custom-made products to hunger relief organizations with specialized feeding programs, including backpacks for children, health-appropriate nutritional boxes for diabetics, and specialized kits for homeless programs.
McLane Hunger Solutions is well versed in the state to state requirements for size, labeling and nutrition content. Want to outsource the entire process? McLane Hunger Solutions can not only source the items, but build and deliver the backpacks or individual boxes to your warehouse.
Our heart is where your heart is. We too want to address hunger in America because we believe it is the right thing to do for those who are food insecure and for society as a whole. We believe that addressing hunger means more than satisfying one’s appetite – it means providing quality, nutritionally balanced food.
We are committed to serving those in need and we want to help you further that same commitment. Yes, we’re a for-profit business. By earning a modest profit, we’re able to do what we do. We operate on an “open book” basis, and will show you our purchase price and markup on any order should you so desire.
Our expertise, efficiency and economy allow us to work on very thin margins. Margins that will not compromise your budget. We too want help the underserved. We too recognize those in need of assistance. We can help you help them.