Last Friday, Land O’Lakes stopped by the Second Harvest Heartland warehouse in Maplewood with a truckload of macaroni and cheese from their First Run program. This 40,000 pound donation, raised the total pounds donated by Land O’Lakes in 2014 to nearly 115,000 pounds – the equivalent of more than 89,000 meals.
This is the Land O’Lakes First Run Program’s eighty-second donation, nationwide, since it was established in 2010. The program is committed to donating truckloads of fresh product year round, made specifically for food banks to help alleviate hunger. As part of the First Run Program, Land O’Lakes has donated more than 2.8 million pounds of product to Feeding America food banks across the country.
“As a national, farmer-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes is committed to help the growing number of people who struggle 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 that can enjoy it.”
Land O’Lakes and Second Harvest Heartland have a partnership that goes beyond products donated through the First Run Program and includes significant financial support and employee volunteerism.
This year, Land O’Lakes has generously donated $35,000 in support of Let’s Kick Hunger WCCO Radiothon and our annual gala – Dish: Cuisine for Change and their employees have contributed a total of 564 volunteer hours. We would like to thank Land O’Lakes for this First Run donation and the many other contributions made throughout the year.
Learn more about opportunities to donate food or your time with Second Harvest Heartland visit 2harvest.org/howtohelp.