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Land O’Lakes Donates 40,000 lbs. of Product

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Land O’Lakes Donates 40,000 Pounds of Product to Indiana Food Banks.


(ST. PAUL, Minn.) Feb. 22, 2012….Land O’Lakes, Inc. today donated 40,000 pounds of LAND O LAKES® American Cheese in 5 lb. loaves to Indiana Food Banks, including Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., Catholic Charities Terre Haute and Food Finders Food Bank. 

The donation is Land O’Lakes 27th donation in the First Run program. As part of the First Run program, Land O’Lakes has committed to donating truckloads of fresh product to food banks quarterly to help alleviate hunger nationwide.

“As a national, farmer-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes is committed to helping the growing number of people struggling to put food on their table,” said Land O’Lakes Foundation Executive Director Lydia Botham. “The First Run program provides a unique opportunity for Land O’Lakes to provide a fresh, nutritious product to families who can enjoy it.” 

“Gleaners Food Bank is proud to have partners such as Land O’Lakes that provide food for the families who depend on our local emergency hunger relief network,” said Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. President and CEO Cindy Hubert. “Nutritious donations such as these provide sustenance and hope for our hungry neighbors.” 

The Indiana donation is one of three First Run donations this quarter totaling 120,000 lbs. of product. Donations also are being made today in Jonesboro, Ark., and Omaha, Neb. 

The First Run program is part of Land O’Lakes’ Feeding Our Communities initiative, a program dedicated to helping alleviate hunger locally, nationally and internationally. For more information on any of these programs, visit the Land O’Lakes Foundation web page at www.landolakesinc.com.

Land O’Lakes, Inc. (www.landolakesinc.com) is a national, farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative with annual sales of $11 billion. Land O'Lakes does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. It is a leading marketer of a full line of dairy-based consumer, foodservice and food ingredient products across the United States; serves its international customers with a variety of food and animal feed ingredients; and provides farmers and ranchers with an extensive line of agricultural supplies (feed, seed, and crop protection products) and services.  Land O’Lakes also provides agricultural assistance and technical training in more than 25 developing nations.