PLYMOUTH, Wis., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Sargento kicks off this year's football season as the official cheese of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers will announce the partnership with Sargento Foods Inc., a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, during the October 9 game against the New Orleans Saints. As the official cheese of the Green Bay Packers, Sargento will continue its successful "Touchdowns for Charity" program for the third season, where Sargento donates $1,000 to the Hunger Task Force for each Packer touchdown in the 2005-06 season. "Sargento is not only proud to be the official cheese of the Green Bay Packers, but also grateful to join forces again with the Packers and the Hunger Task Force to represent the best of what Wisconsin offers -- a strong work ethic, a commitment to excellence and a generous nature," said Sargento Chairman Lou Gentine. Throughout the season, a running tally of funds earned for every touchdown will be displayed on Lambeau Field's Tundra Vision scoreboard. Since its initiation in 2003, "Touchdowns for Charity" has raised more than $100,000 and helped the Hunger Task Force to feed hungry families in Wisconsin. Gentine is also encouraging Packer fans to join the "Touchdowns for Charity" team. Fans can become involved by pledging a dollar amount to contribute to the Hunger Task Force for each touchdown the Packers score. "Thousands of hungry people in Wisconsin rely on the Hunger Task Force to survive," Gentine said. "Sargento is wagering that this will be a banner year for the Green and Gold and encourage fans to help us make it a winning season for everyone." Sargento's commitment to feed the hungry extends outside of the football season. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sargento and some of its valued cheese partners, Foremost Farms, Leprino Foods and Hilmar Cheese Co., as well as packaging manufacturers Georgia-Pacific and Alcan, banded together to provide relief for Louisiana- and Mississippi-based families by donating 100,000 pounds of cheese. To learn more about how to join Sargento's "Touchdowns for Charity" team, visit http://www.hungertaskforce.org . To learn more about Sargento visit http://www.sargento.com . Sargento Foods Inc. has demonstrated its passion for cheese throughout its history. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Wis., Sargento is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients and sauces. Sargento is owned and operated by the Gentine family and has net sales in excess of $500 million. A United Way agency, Hunger Task Force (HTF) is the only major food bank in Milwaukee County that provides all of its food to area pantries free of charge. HTF believes that every person has the right to adequate food obtained with dignity, and works to prevent and alleviate hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promotion social policies to achieve food security tomorrow.
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