During the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger and food insecurity has dramatically increased across Wisconsin. With the need greater than ever, Sargento Foods Inc., in partnership with the Green Bay Packers, will increase its donation for every touchdown scored this season in its Touchdowns for Hunger™ program. Sargento will donate a total of $2,000 for every touchdown the Packers score during the regular season to hunger relief in Wisconsin.
Each donation made by Sargento will be shared by Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee and Paul's Pantry in Green Bay. In 2019, the Packers scored 44 touchdowns during the regular season.
Additionally, Packers running back Aaron Jones will partner with Sargento for the second consecutive year to raise awareness about the increased need to help families facing hunger. In 2019, Jones set a new franchise record for touchdowns in a single season, with 19 touchdowns in the regular season and 4 touchdowns in the postseason.
"When the pandemic began, families across Wisconsin were already struggling with hunger. Now, COVID-19 has caused many more families to experience hunger – some for the very first time," said Louie Gentine, CEO of Sargento Foods. "We look forward to another year of helping alleviate hunger in our community and partnering with Aaron Jones. We are dedicated to doing our part to help our neighbors and strengthen our communities."
Since it began in 2002, Touchdowns for Hunger™ has raised more than $1.4 million to help tackle hunger in Wisconsin and has provided more than one million meals to help those in need.
About Sargento Foods Inc.:
Sargento Foods is a family-owned company with a passion for cheese. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Wis., Sargento is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural cheese. It is proud to be the company that successfully introduced America to pre-packaged sliced and shredded natural cheeses and cheese blends. With net sales of more than $1.3 billion, the company continues to thrive by putting innovation at its core and hiring good people and treating them like family. Today, more than 2,000 employees are part of our "Sargento Family." In addition, we consider all individuals who contribute to the success of Sargento to be stakeholders, including employees, customers, vendors and neighbors in our four Wisconsin communities of Plymouth, Kiel, Hilbert and Elkhart Lake. www.sargento.com