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Saint Cloud, Minn.-based Gold'n Plump Poultry said its focus on hunger relief in 2010 resulted in enough chicken donations for more than 2 million meals.
With most contributions going to Minnesota- and Wisconsin-based hunger relief organizations like Second Harvest Heartland, food donations also went to local school and youth programs, as well as community causes in cities where Gold'n Plump operates. The company has facilities in Cold Spring, Luverne, and St. Cloud, Minn., and Arcadia and Independence, Wisc.
"We have a long-standing belief that giving back to our communities is the right thing to do, especially as a food company," said Mike Helgeson, CEO of family-owned Gold'n Plump Poultry.
Gold'n Plump has been recognized by the Minnesota Keystone Program for donating 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to charitable causes each year for the past 20 years, especially in the area of hunger relief.