U.S. soy is helping bring comfort to health care professionals who are working tirelessly on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Okabashi, an American company that counts on U.S. soy for all its sandals, pledged to donate up to 10,000 pairs of soy-based sandals to health care workers for every order placed through its website or Zappos. 

Customers can purchase a pair of soy sandals for themselves and write a note of encouragement to a health care worker who will receive a pair with the personal message. 

United Soybean Board Director Belinda Burrier says, “It’s neat to see the soybeans I grow not only being used in a unique way that supports demand for our product, but also to support frontline workers during this crisis.” 

The United Soybean Board regularly collaborates with companies such as Goodyear on research to learn how to incorporate soy into new technology. 

Today, more than 1,000 different soy-based products are available, including everything from turf grass to machinery lubricants to asphalt.