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 MEMPHIS, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Cargill will donate $27,000 worth of rice this week to Second Harvest, the national food bank network.
 The donation is part of Cargill's continuing partnership with Second Harvest, which provides food to more than 50,000 food pantries, daycare programs, senior centers and other charitable organizations across the United States.
 The Greenville, Miss., rice mill's donation is equivalent to about 150,000 pounds of rice and will be delivered Friday, Dec. 17, to Riviana Foods, Inc., in Memphis for distribution throughout Second Harvest's national food banks network.
 As a major merchandiser, transporter and processor of food products, Cargill is interested in stemming hunger, said Pete Kooi, Cargill North American Grain president and a director on the board for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater Minneapolis. "Millions of Americans subsist on incomes too low to provide adequate meals," Kooi said. "Hunger cuts across all regions, races, ages and communities. Since the formation of the partnership in 1990, scores of Cargill locations across the United States have donated time, energy and product to the food bank network."
 The rice project was a natural for Cargill Rice Milling, added Brian Silvey, the manager for the Greenville rice operation.
 "It's an opportunity for us to work with other companies to originate and buy local paddy rice," Silvey said. "Then it will be transported to a Memphis packaging facility and finally to the food bank, where it can help provide some very nutritional food to those in need. Rice is a versatile, long-lasting commodity for food shelves," he said.
 Hugh Masterson of Second Harvest, agreed. "Rice is one of the products that is always in demand. It's a valuable product because of its versatility, it can be used in many different dishes," he said.
 The donation brought together Cargill Rice Milling, Riviana Foods, Printpack, International Paper and Mann Trucking. Mann transported the rice, and Riviana packed the rice into five-pound bags donated by Printpack. The bags were baled with material donated by International Paper.
 Cargill facilities throughout the country will continue to contribute food, cash and volunteer assistance to feed those in need, Kooi said. "We are an example for other companies who can donate processing or value-added services to the food bank," Kooi said.
 Cargill is a privately held merchandiser, processor, transporter and warehouser of agricultural and other bulk commodities. The company is a major supplier of food ingredients and products to food service institutions and restaurants, grocery retailers, wholesalers and food manufacturers. It employs 70,000 individuals in 58 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Amy O'Marro of Cargill, 612-742-6186/


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