Project Preserve Named a Mutual of America 2012 Community Partnership Award Winner

Nashville Nonprofit Provides Innovative Model for Getting Critically Needed Food to the Hungry

Nov 15, 2012, 10:47 ET from Mutual of America

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mutual of America announced today that Project Preserve was named a Merit Finalist in the 2012 Community Partnership Award competition.

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In 1992, after the conclusion of Operation Desert Storm, the U.S. military offered its stockpile of bulk ingredient-level products that had been intended to feed our troops to food banks across the country.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee saw an opportunity, contacted Nashville-based Vietti Foods, a producer of canned food products, and proposed sending them donated war-surplus barrels of tomato paste, along with purchased ingredients, to produce tomato soup for food pantries. The creation of this soup spawned an extensive product offering, canned by Vietti and distributed by Second Harvest under the label, "Project Preserve." Over the past year, Project Preserve distributed 42 million pounds of food and grocery products, helping to feed 37 million Americans.

"With more and more Americans struggling to make ends meet, Second Harvest's vision of ending hunger is more important than ever," said Jaynee K. Day, Second Harvest President and CEO.

About the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award

The Mutual of America Community Partnership Award annually honors the outstanding contributions that 10 nonprofit organizations, in partnership with public, private and other social sector organizations, make to society. Since its inception in 1996, the Community Partnership Award has recognized 170 partnerships from cities and towns all across America. To learn more about the Community Partnership Award, visit

"All of the 2012 honorees are leaders in society, creating innovative and effective solutions to help those in need," said Thomas J. Moran, Chairman, President and CEO, Mutual of America. "Through the Community Partnership Award, Mutual of America is proud to recognize, support and help extend the reach of these vital partnerships."

About Mutual of America

Mutual of America specializes in providing retirement products and related services to organizations and their employees, as well as to individuals. Since 1945, Mutual of America has remained committed to offering plan sponsors, plan participants and individuals carefully selected, quality products and services at a competitive price and the personal attention they need to help build and preserve assets for a financially secure future. For more information, visit

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