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    FMI Exhibitors Donate $37K to Las Vegas Food Bank

    The Las Vegas Three Square Food Bank received 37,000 pounds of food donated by exhibitors from FMI 2010 held last month in Las Vegas.

    The Las Vegas Three Square Food Bank received 37,000 pounds of food donated by exhibitors from FMI 2010 held last month in Las Vegas. The donation equals roughly 29,600 meals -- including milk, bread, produce, cereal, luncheon meats, cheese, and other items -- to help feed area residents in need.

    “Suppliers and retailers are eager to support the hunger relief effort in Las Vegas from our exhibits at FMI 2010,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “The supermarket industry [has a] long history of supporting local food banks through Feeding America and other organizations across the country. In fact, Feeding America’s research found that 95 percent of supermarkets donate to food banks — through cash, food and in-kind services.”

    More than 2 million pounds of food have been donated to food banks since 1996, when the trade event donation program began with Feeding America. FMI has been an active partner with Feeding America since the food bank network was founded in 1979.

    “The partnership between Feeding America and FMI is critically important,” said Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America. “Their continual assistance in helping food banks receive more donations of food from FMI members as well as events including FMI 2010 is making an incredible difference in the lives of millions of families across the country.”

    Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, America's Second Harvest annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

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