ST. PAUL, Minn., June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Land O'Lakes, Inc. donated 40,000 pounds of LAND O LAKES® Reduced Fat Macaroni and Cheese Entree with Whole Grain to Second Harvest Heartland.
This is the Land O'Lakes First Run Program's 100th donation since it was established in 2010. The program is committed to donating truckloads of fresh product year round, made specifically for food banks to help alleviate hunger nationwide.
"Land O'Lakes and Second Harvest Heartland's partnership goes beyond products donated, and also includes significant financial support and employee volunteerism," said Rob Zeaske, CEO, Second Harvest Heartland. "Thank you to Land O'Lakes and all of your employees for your generosity and support."
According to Heather Olson, director of corporate partnerships for Second Harvest Heartland, the donation will help put 33,000 meals on tables throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
More donations will occur this summer, a time of great need for kids who can't count on free breakfast and lunch at school. Later this month, Land O'Lakes will send another truck with 40,000 lbs. of macaroni and cheese to Roadrunner Food Bank in New Mexico, our program's 33rd donation state. Before the end of June, the cooperative will donate 40,000 lbs. of macaroni and cheese to both Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
"As a national, farmer-owned cooperative, Land O'Lakes is committed to help the growing number of people who struggle to put food on their table," said Land O'Lakes Foundation Executive Director Lydia Botham. "The First Run program provides a unique opportunity for Land O'Lakes to provide a fresh, nutritious product for families to enjoy."
The First Run program is part of Land O'Lakes' Feeding Our Communities initiative. For more information about the First Run program, visit www.landolakesinc.com/blog.
About the Land O'Lakes Foundation
The Land O'Lakes Foundation was established in 1996 and is made possible by support from Land O'Lakes, Inc. The Foundation awards community grants to projects that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to hunger relief, education and the community.
About Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2015 annual sales of $13 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 215 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 94 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition and WinField US. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.
About Second Harvest Heartland
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation's largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks. In 2015, our work provided more than 77 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Second Harvest Heartland helps relieve hunger not only by sourcing, warehousing and distributing food, but through data-driven thought leadership and community partnerships that help improve the region's larger hunger relief system. For more information, visit 2harvest.org or call 651.484.5117.
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SOURCE Land O'Lakes, Inc.