PLYMOUTH, Wis., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cardinals Josh McCown and Nathan Poole have captured a slice of history - and earned the gratitude of millions of Packers fans everywhere - with their winning touchdown play against the Minnesota Vikings(R). As a thank-you to the Cardinal team for its efforts last Sunday, Sargento is making a special $1,000 donation to Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force. Sargento, the official cheese of Lambeau Field(TM), has also sent a gift of its "Basket of Champions" football-shaped Wisconsin cheeses to the Cardinals players with news of the honorary donation and an offer to make a comparable donation to a charity of the Cardinals choosing. Throughout the 2003 football season, Sargento Foods Inc. has been tackling hunger to support its favorite team with its "Touchdowns for Charity" program. For every Green Bay Packers touchdown made, the Wisconsin-based company has donated $1,000 to the Milwaukee food bank Hunger Task Force, a total of $53,000 for the season. Now, with an NFC wild-card playoff game at stake, Sargento is extending its charitable campaign for the remainder of the playoff tournament. "In the spirit of the season, we thought it was only fitting to expand upon our commitment to Hunger Task Force and reward the excellent performance of the Cardinals and Packers teams," explains Lou Gentine, Sargento chairman and chief executive officer. "Since the Cardinals had a hand in the outcome, we're commemorating the occasion with one of Wisconsin's great winning traditions: a gift basket of our award-winning cheeses." Sargento Foods Inc., based in Plymouth, Wis., is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2003, and is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients and sauces. Sargento is the recipient of the Gold Taste Award for its superior quality shredded cheese in the 2002-2003 Awards of the Americas (AOTA) competition. A family-owned company, Sargento has net sales of more than $534 million.
SOURCE Sargento Foods Inc.