MINNEAPOLIS, June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill is partnering with nonprofit organization Kids Against Hunger to provide one million meals for children in need and their families. In the largest meal-packaging effort Cargill has ever undertaken, employee volunteers are spending two weeks packaging meals to be sent to Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala, which face major challenges around food security.
Between June 20 and July 1, Cargill volunteers will work in teams to measure and combine ingredients into 14-oz bags that contain six meal servings each. The nutritionally complete, soy and rice casserole mix includes protein, carbohydrates and vitamins, and each serving requires just one cup of boiling water to make.
"The meals are carefully formulated to be simple to prepare and easily digestible for undernourished children," said Matthew Oquist, national director of development with Kids Against Hunger. "We rely heavily on volunteers for our food packaging efforts, and Cargill's support will make a real difference for hundreds of thousands of people in need."
"As a food company, Cargill has an important role to play in fighting hunger at home and abroad," said Tomme Beevas, director of community involvement for Cargill. "Teaming up with Kids Against Hunger is a great way for employees in our headquarters community to get involved and support hunger relief efforts around the world."
Cargill is an international provider of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 131,000 people in 66 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit www.cargill.com.