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Ecolab to Support Second Harvest Heartland Hunger Relief Efforts
Date:3/3/2009

Donation will help the organization begin to overcome the 125-million meal shortfall in Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Second Harvest Heartland, the Upper Midwest's leading voice on hunger relief, today announced that it is one of three Minnesota hunger-relief organizations that will benefit from an Ecolab $500,000 matching gift program. The announcement comes on the heels of Second Harvest Heartland's release of its Missing Meals report, which found that low-income Minnesotans are missing 125 million meals every year.

"Yesterday, we announced that, despite our best efforts, Minnesotans in need are going to bed without dinner roughly three nights a week. The numbers are heartbreaking," said Rob Zeaske, executive director of Second Harvest Heartland. "What a blessing to have corporations like Ecolab stepping up to support Minnesota at a time of such great need. We are honored to be a recipient of Ecolab's matching gift program."

According to the Missing Meals report, low-income Minnesotans provide for 61 percent of their own meals, rely on public assistance programs for 22 percent of their meals, and turn to non-profits like Second Harvest Heartland for five percent of their meals. That leaves 12 percent of their food needs unmet.

"We can fill the gap," said Zeaske. "But ending hunger will require collaboration between corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals. Ecolab is a great example of a collaborative partner in the fight against hunger, and we greatly appreciate the support of its employees and its Foundation."

Ecolab's matching gift program, which is open to all U.S. Ecolab associates and retirees, will accept donations to Second Harvest Heartland and its partner food banks as well as Neighborhood House and Dorothy Day Center. Gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $250,000 for a total contribution of $500,000. Ecolab joins Target in supporting Second Harvest Heartland in the fight against hunger in Minnesota during the month of March; Target yesterday donated 600,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Heartland to help the state begin to overcome its 125-million meal shortfall.

"At a time of great need, we are pleased that our associates and the Ecolab Foundation can work in partnership with leading hunger-relief organizations to help feed our hungry neighbors," said Douglas M. Baker, Jr., chairman, president and chief executive office of Ecolab. "We encourage other corporations to join in this noble effort."

About Ecolab

With sales of $6 billion and more than 26,000 associates, Ecolab, Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in cleaning, sanitizing, food safety, and infection prevention products and services. Ecolab delivers comprehensive programs and services to food and beverage processing, healthcare, and hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. More news and information is available at www.ecolab.com.

About Second Harvest Heartland

Second Harvest Heartland is the Upper Midwest's largest hunger-relief organization, with a mission of ending hunger through community partnerships. 41 million pounds of grocery products were distributed last year to hungry seniors, families and children through more than 1,000 non-profit member agencies and programs, including food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers, faith-based organizations, and children's after-school programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For each $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland can distribute more than $9 worth of grocery products for those in need. For further information, visit www.2harvest.org or call 651.484.5117.


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