Land O'Lakes Donates Nearly 40,000 lbs. of Cheese to the Food Bank Serving Southwestern Wisconsin
First of 12 Fresh Food Donations to be made in 2010
St. Paul, Minnesota - Land O'Lakes, Inc. today donated 38,880 lbs. of LAND O LAKES® Mild Cheddar Cheese to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, a member of Feeding America, in the company's ongoing efforts to help alleviate hunger.
The delivery to Second Harvest Foodbank is Land O'Lakes first donation as part of its recently announced "First Run" program. With the "First Run" program, Land O'Lakes has committed to donating a truckload of fresh product to one Feeding America food bank per month in 2010 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. "And Second Harvest Foodbank's long-standing history of providing food for those in need makes them the perfect recipient for this first donation."
The "First Run" program encourages collaboration with local Land O'Lakes supply chain partners to help maximize capabilities. For this delivery, supply chain partner donations include:
- Alcan Packaging Food Americas (packaging film-19,440 impressions)
- Green Bay Packaging, Inc. (corrugated cases-1,080 display shippers)
- WOW Logistics (warehousing and handling)
- Ruan Transport Corporation (transportation)
"The First Run program recognizes that our production lines do not always run around the clock, and by collaborating with suppliers, packagers and transport companies we can effectively activate production in otherwise idle times to produce food for donation," said Botham. "Our partners for this delivery have been exceptional; they've really set the bar high for our next 11 fresh food donations."
The "First Run" program is part of Land O'Lakes larger 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 approximately $12 billion. Land O'Lakes does business in all 50 states and more than 50 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.
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin, where more than 100,000 people - 40 percent who are children - don't always have enough to eat. Through food and financial donations, Second Harvest Foodbank acquires and distributes food to more than 400 programs, including food pantries, shelters and meal sites, in 16 counties. From July 1, 2008-June 30, 2009, Second Harvest Foodbank distributed more than 6.8 million pounds of food. It is one of 200 affiliates of Feeding America, the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization, engaging our country in the fight to end hunger. For more information, visit www.secondharvestmadison.org.
Green Bay Packaging Inc. is a privately held, vertically integrated international corporation consisting of timberlands, a sawmill facility, paperboard mills, corrugated shipping container plants, POP specialty converting and a pressure-sensitive label rollstock plant. Headquartered in Green Bay, WI, since 1933, Green Bay Packaging is comprised of 30 divisions operating in 15 states and Mexico. We employ more than 3,000 people and generate annual sales in excess of $1 billion dollars.
Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, WOW is a nationally recognized leader in the third-party logistics industry. In over 30 years, WOW has grown from a single 108,000 square foot warehouse to over 7 million square feet encompassing 25 warehouse locations in three states. In addition to public and contract warehousing, WOW offers a vast array of value-added services including Transportation Services, Cheese Financing Programs, 3PL Consulting and Build-to-Suit options. WOW distribution centers offer multi-temperature ASI certified ambient, refrigerated and freezer storage. Learn more at www.wowlogistics.com.
Ruan Transport Corporation is one of the largest privately owned transportation service companies in the United States. With more than 77 years of transportation management experience, Ruan provides dedicated contract carriage services as well as bulk transportation and Ruan Certified Brokerage Services. Through strong customer partnerships, Ruan adds integrated services such as logistics, warehousing, cross-docking and others to provide customers with individualized and scalable supply chain solutions. For more information about Ruan, visit www.ruan.com.
Alcan Packaging Food Americas, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading supplier of single and multi-layer, plain and printed high-barrier plastic films, laminations, pouches, bags, lidstock and thermoformed trays for the food, beverage, meat and dairy industries. It is part of Alcan Packaging, the No. 1 food flexible packaging company worldwide, which converts film, foil, resins and paper to offer multi-material, concept-to-market capabilities.