Cargill kicks off annual hunger relief campaign in Memphis

Nineteenth annual food basket initiative to help hundreds of families in need

Aug 21, 2013, 13:36 ET from Cargill

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, August 26, Cargill will gather with more than 32 other local companies, and kick-off its annual hunger relief campaign.

This is the 19th year Cargill is leading the initiative, which brings together local companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to create and deliver food baskets for families in need. 

"The 2012 Feed the Needy Food Drive distributed a record breaking 1,145 food baskets to people in need," said Ruth Banks, Chairman of Feed the Needy program and marine tower operator at Cargill's Corn Milling facility in Memphis.  "When you consider the average family size 4, we successfully fed 4,580 neighbors and friends in our community. With additional food items donated to several other food pantries in Memphis and the surrounding areas."

This year, Banks and her team successfully achieved 501c3, non-profit organization status. The Feed the Needy Program is now an independent organization, which will prove to be the catalyst in affecting more lives in the years to come.

The 2013 Memphis Community Food Basket Initiative will run on November 21, 2013 with the delivery of non-perishable food items to the Memphis Business Depot Park where volunteers will begin packaging the meals. It will continue through Tuesday, Nov. 26, when the food baskets will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving.

About Cargill
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 140,000 people in 65 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to sharing its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit

About Cargill Community Giving
Cargill gives back to communities by contributing 2 percent of its global consolidated pre-tax earnings (based on a three-year trailing average). Cargill donated $57.5 million in 54 countries during its 2010 fiscal year. Cargill provides support to organizations, projects and programs that fall in three focus areas: nutrition and health; education; and environmental stewardship.

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