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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 joi
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