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MVC, Land O' Lakes help feed hungry

Posted: Friday, Dec 21st, 2012

Photo by Sylvia Lobato Pictured from left are Monte Vista Co-op CEO Mike Boothe, La Puente SLV Food Bank Network assistant director Joe Atencio, Volunteer JoAnne Gonzales and volunteer Doug Ruppert, with a check from the Land O’ Lakes Foundation.

MONTE VISTA — The Land O’Lakes Foundation is committed to feeding the world and has a specific focus on helping end hunger in rural America, and has done so through the Monte Vista Co-op (MVC), which chose the San Luis Valley Food Banks Network as its recipient.

On Dec. 13, a matching check was presented to the food banks, since the MVC check had been presented before.

Coming from La Puente to accept the funds were Joe Atencio, volunteer assistant director, Joanne Gonzales, volunteer, and Doug Ruppert, another food bank network volunteer. MVC CEO Mike Boothe presented tha Land O’ Lakes check.

While the La Puente representatives were at MVC, they also gratefully accepted coats that had been donated by co-op members and left at the main office.

Atencio said any and all donations are gratefully accepted, with Christmas coming, but the need remains great year-round.

As part of its commitment to rural communities where Land O’ Lakes, Inc., products are sold and members, employees and facilities are located, the foundation matches donations by member cooperatives to enhance the quality of life in their local communities.

With food shelf visits increasing and no end in sight, La Puente Home, Inc., sponsor of the food banks network, was a good choice, both for MVC and Land O’ Lakes.

The foundation has initiated a bold strategy to help end rural hunger called Feeding Our Communities, a strategic, focused and long-term approach supported by the Land O’Lakes Foundation and the local member cooperative.

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