"There are thousands of hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are faced with the realities of hunger," said Sitter. "Many people don't realize the scope of hunger in their own community. We hope that by making this donation, we're not only helping feed those in need, but also bringing awareness to the issue of hunger here in northwest Minnesota."
Nationally, one in eight Americans are at risk of hunger. Locally, approximately 4,200 people receive emergency food assistance during any given week in the 21 counties North Country serves in northwest and west central Minnesota. North Country works with more than 210 local nonprofit agencies to distribute this food to people in need. This year, North Country will distribute over 4 million pounds of food to people in need.
"We are very grateful for Hugo’s support in the fight against hunger," said Susie Novak, executive director of North Country Food Bank. "They have been a great local partner. This donation is especially valuable right now, when rising gas prices and rising food prices are forcing people to stretch their budgets more than ever.” For more information on how to get involved in the fight against hunger, please visit www.northcountryfoodbank.org