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Cargill supports local food banks

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 2:10 p.m. CST

HENNEPIN – Recently, Cargill’s AgHorizons facilities in northern Illinois partnered with its customers, employees and other community members to raise funds for local food pantries and food banks in its fifth annual Feeding the Hungry campaign.

Together, the company, its customers, employees and area community members raised more than $44,000 to support Northern Illinois Food Bank, River Bend Food Reserve and associated food pantries.

As a global food company, Cargill is committed to nourishing people around the world. For the fifth consecutive year, the Cargill AgHorizon’s facilities in Hennepin, Lacon, Spring Valley, Ottawa, Morris, Seneca, and Elwood enlisted support from its customers, employees and other residents to provide donations for this year’s campaign. The money raised through the fourth annual Feeding the Hungry campaign will contribute to more than 300,000 meals served to local residents. Statistics show that one in six people in the United States suffer from hunger.

“These food pantries and food banks serve several communities where our businesses are located, and where we live and work,” said Steve Heiden, regional manager for Cargill AgHorizons’ Northern Illinois River Farm Service Group. “We are proud to be able to bring dollars of our customers, employees and residents to help feed even more people.

“We realize that the people served by area food pantries are often hard-working individuals, families and seniors, who currently cannot make ends meet,” added Heiden.

Cargill is focused on long-term systematic efforts to achieve global food security. Food security exists when everyone has access to sufficient amounts of safe, nutritious and affordable food to provide the foundation for an active and healthy life. Food security is not a single issue; it is an interdependent and interconnected set of issues involving agriculture, energy, the environment, government policy and trade. It is a matter of universal importance – and a basic human right.

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