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Press release from Aunt Millie’s:
Aunt Millie’s to donate 2,400 loaves of bread to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana
Fort Wayne, Indiana: Aunt Millie’s will donate 2,400 loaves of Butter Top Wheat Bread to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana in Fort Wayne on November 5*, 2009. The bread will be delivered fresh to the foodbank for distribution to those in need this holiday season.
“As this economic crisis continues, the cold months and holiday season will be especially difficult for those who are struggling,” says Jane Avery, executive director of Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. “With their generous donation, Aunt Millie’s is helping to fill our shelves when we need it most.”
In service since 1983, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana is located in Fort Wayne and serves nine Indiana counties. The not-for-profit organization is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger through the use of donated food and other resources. As the largest foodbank in northeast Indiana, it collects and distributes over 10 million pounds of donated, surplus food annually and serves more than 16,000 individuals each month.
The number of hungry individuals and families in northeast Indiana is growing. The 2008-2009 statistics for Community Harvest show a 19% increase in the total number of pounds of food donated, with a 100% increase in Saturday morning food distribution. Thirty-eight percent of the food bank’s clients are children, a number that is also on the rise.
In all, Aunt Millie’s will donate 57,600 loaves of bread this holiday season – over 1,000 loaves per day – to food banks throughout the Midwest. The retail value of the donation is $7,656 in northeast Indiana and $183,744 total for the Midwest.
Aunt Millie’s Bakeries is a family-owned company headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana since 1901. The company produces Aunt Millie’s bread and bakery products and other brands, which are distributed throughout the Midwest.