(Orlando, FL) July 21, 2022 – Land O’Lakes, Inc. donated nearly 40,000 pounds of LAND O LAKES® Macaroni & Cheese to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida through the Land O’Lakes First Run Program.
The First Run Program has donated more than 6.5 million pounds of the product 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 across the United States.
“As a national, farmer-owned cooperative, Land O’Lakes is committed to helping the growing number of people who struggle to put food on their table,” said Sheilah Stewart, SVP & General Counsel, Land O’Lakes, Inc. “The First Run program provides a unique opportunity for Land O’Lakes to offer nutritious products to families in need.”
“Partnerships like this one with Land O’Lakes are vital for local hunger relief efforts,” added Derrick Chubbs, president and CEO at Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Inflation is severely impacting many families who are now faced with making difficult decisions when it comes to expenses. Food should never be a concern and this donation will feed hope to hundreds of Central Floridians.”
Land O’Lakes cooperative member, Southeast Milk, Inc., provided a monetary donation for dairy products alongside the in-kind donation. “Part of our mission at Southeast Milk focuses on enriching not only our farms but our local communities,” said Shawn Dyal, Southeast Milk’s CEO. “Programs like First Run help us reduce food insecurity for our neighbors. We are beyond proud to partner with Land O’Lakes for this fantastic cause.”
For more information on Land O’Lakes’ commitment to the community, visit at landolakesinc.com/responsibility.
About Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Land O’Lakes, Inc., one of America’s premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2021 annual sales of $16 billion, Land O’Lakes is one of the nation’s largest cooperatives, ranking 232 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 100 years of operation, Land O’Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Truterra. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O’Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minnesota.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (SHFBCF)
SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to more than 500 local nonprofit feeding partners throughout Central Florida. In the past year, with the help of food and financial donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank has distributed enough food for 97 million meals to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, daycare centers and Kids Cafes. In addition, Second Harvest’s 16-week culinary program teaches foodservice-based technical, life and employability skills to economically hard-pressed adults at no cost to them. Second Harvest is distributing enough food for a quarter of a million meals every day to the six-county service area. To learn more about SHFBCF, visit FeedHopeNow.org.