Cargill, through its More To ShareÂ® program, is collaborating with grocery retailers and community charities for the 15th consecutive year to help fight hunger and ease the burden of rising poverty. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the official poverty rate in 2009 rose to 14.3 percent, up from 13.2 percent in 2008. This holiday season, as part of the More To Share program, more than 5,000 donated turkeys will benefit 24 communities across America.
"Cargill is more concerned than ever when we see the rising statistics of our nation's poverty," said Chris Seib, senior marketing manager in Cargill's Value Added Meats Retail business unit. "We want to take the time to address the issue, and we are thankful that through the More To Share and other charitable programs, and our Honeysuckle White and Shady Brook Farms brands of turkey, we are able to team with our retail grocer partners and preferred charities to help assist individuals and families facing hunger across the country."
More To Share charity partners use the donated turkeys to provide to families in need or serve them at community Thanksgiving dinners. The donation also serves an important charitable role for retail grocers in their communities.