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Land O'Lakes Donates 40,000 Pounds of Product to the Food Lifeline

ST. PAUL, Minn., Aug. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Land O'Lakes, Inc. donated 40,000 pounds of LAND O LAKES® Macaroni & Cheese to the Food Lifeline.

This is the Land O'Lakes First Run Program's 74th donation 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 nationwide.  As part of the First Run Program, Land O'Lakes has donated more than 2.8 million pounds of product.

"Food Lifeline provides 30 percent of the meals being served by food banks, meal programs and shelters across Western Washington," said Food Lifeline President & CEO Linda Nageotte. "So donations like this mac & cheese make a huge difference in stopping hunger."

"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."

The First Run Program is part of Land O'Lakes' Feeding Our Communities initiative.  For more information on any of these programs, visit the Land O'Lakes Foundation web page at www.landolakesinc.com.

About the Land O'Lakes Foundation
The Land O'Lakes Foundation was established in 1996 and is made possible by support from Land O'Lakes, Inc.  The Foundation awards community grants to projects that develop and strengthen organizations dedicated to hunger relief, education and the community.

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 farm production to consumer foods. With 2013 annual sales of more than $14 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 199 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 93 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 and WinField. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

Food Lifeline works with the food industry and its surpluses to come up with creative solutions to stop hunger, including redirecting good food from manufacturers, farmers, grocery stores and restaurants that might otherwise go to waste. They provide 82,000 meals a day to local food assistance programs, and that, combined with their policy work, creates a sustainable approach to hunger. Food Lifeline is regularly recognized for our innovative programs, such as Grocery Rescue and Seattle's Table, which are finding new and sustainable ways to redirect surplus food to people in need. This wholesome food then goes out to the 275 members of our food program network. These food banks, food pantries, hot meal programs, shelters and after-school programs have all been certified by Food Lifeline to meet the highest standards for client care and food safety. Food Lifeline is a proud member of the Feeding America network. This relationship allows us to bring hunger-stopping best practices, relationships with national food brands and food surpluses from sister agencies back to Western Washington. More information can be provided at foodlifeline.org.

SOURCE Land O'Lakes, Inc.

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