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Monday, February 8, 2010

Meal Package from Meals from the heartland, in partnership with Fareway.
Fareway , Hy-Vee, V-T, Blaine's Culliogan among those helping

With the recent tragedy in Haiti, Fareway is partnering with "Meals From The Heartland" to assist in their "Help for Haiti" fundraising effort.

This wonderful non-profit has been doing great work for the past two years - 4,019,904 Meals Packaged in 2009. Please go to their website: www.mealsfromtheheartland.org.

Beginning on Jan. 27, KCCI-TV in Des Moines, and various TV stations around the state, have generously agreed to support this fundraising effort in your communities.

All 96 Fareway stores began a three-week fundraising effort at each checkout lane, where shoppers will have the opportunity to make cash donations by scanning a UPC code for $1, $5 or $10 donations. TV stations around the state will be asking their viewers to help in the effort, by making a cash donation at their local Fareway store. All the money raised will be used to purchase the ingredients and supplies needed to package the ship as much food as possible. Pleas remember, the amount of meals that can be packaged depends entirely on how much money is raise to purchase ingredients. To put it into perspective: a $50 contribution will provide 300 meals, or enough food for 10 children for a month.

On Feb. 22, volunteers for "Meals From The Heartland" will begin the meal packaging process.

Hy-Vee made a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross.
As we all know, the need in Haiti is tremendous, and a speedy and successful turnaround of this campaign, can make a difference.

Hy-Vee, Inc. has launched a month-long campaign to raise funds for Haitian earthquake relief by making a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross.

Hy-Vee customers throughout the Midwest will be invited to help boost the fundraising total during Hy-Vee's month-long "Help Us Help Haiti" campaign, which begins February 1 at all Hy-Vee stores.

Ken Waller, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Hy-Vee, said the magnitude of the disaster in Haiti prompted Hy-Vee to contact the Red Cross to offer financial assistance.

"Wherever disaster strikes, the American Red Cross and its global partners are on the scene providing emergency medical care, food, water, shelter and communications services," Waller said. "The need in Haiti is overwhelming, and we're proud to be able to help Red Cross professionals and volunteers with the vital work they are doing there."

In addition, starting Feb. 1, all 228 Hy-Vee stores and Hy-Vee Drugstores in eight Midwestern states will be accepting donations from customers for the Red Cross's Haitian relief effort. Hy-Vee's "Help Us Help Haiti" campaign allows customers to designate donations of any amount to be added to their grocery totals at checkout. All funds donated will go directly to the Red Cross to assist with disaster relief in Haiti.

"The work of rebuilding Haiti will go on for years to come, but right now there is still a desperate need for the basics of human life - food, water, shelter and medical care," Waller said. "Along with making a donation on behalf of our 56,000 employee-owners, Hy-Vee is providing customers with a safe, convenient and effective way to help the people of Haiti take the first steps on the road to recovery."

The "Help Us Help Haiti" campaign runs February 1-28 at all Hy-Vee stores in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Convoy of Hope, the international relief organization, and Culligan, the industry leader in water treatment, will join forces again to deliver much needed drinking water to the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

Culligan is donating three Culligan model UF-P2 water purification systems, each capable of processing approximately 15,000 gallons of water a day for drinking and cooking. The systems come with their own gasoline-powered generators so they can operate even if electrical power may not be available. Accompanying each unit is a water storage tank that holds and dispenses 250 gallons of water. Culligan and Convoy of Hope have a long-standing partnership that helps provide aid in the wake of natural disasters.

"These water purification systems will help save lives," said Hal Donaldson, founder and president, Convoy of Hope. "There is an immediate need for clean water. These systems will help provide safe water for thousands affected by the earthquake. We're extremely thankful to Culligan for their generosity in providing these remarkable systems."

Culligan and Convoy of Hope have already sent 250,000 bottles of drinking water to Haiti, which were on the ground within days of the earthquake. Water has become even more important in the aftermath of the earthquake, since most Haitians are remaining outdoors in the heat and sun for fear of more structures collapsing from aftershocks. Sending bottled water was the quickest way to respond. Now, these water purification systems will address the longer-term needs of the country and its rebuilding efforts.

"We're honored to partner with Convoy of Hope," said Lance FitzGerald, director of product management, Culligan. "Our water purification systems were designed for the most remote locations and require very little training to operate. They're ideal for the challenging environment of the Haitian earthquake zone."

The units will be shipped from Culligan International's commercial assembly operations in Vernon Hills, Ill. to Convoy of Hope's staging center in Springfield, Mo., where they'll be prepared to be airlifted to Port-au-Prince and quickly pressed into service to produce drinking water for the residents.

The water purification systems are expected to arrive in Haiti in early February. Blaine's Water Conditioning of Cherokee is the local Culligan franchise affiliate.

In an effort to help the victims of the catastrophic earthquake that struck the Republic of Haiti on January 12, VT industries of Holstein pledged to match donations received from their employees at all nine locations. Employees raised $4,044 for the purpose of humanitarian aid for the Haitian people. With the matching donation, VT Industries donated a total of $8,088 to Catholic Relief Services. "We are pleased to help those less fortunate in their time of need, we are thankful for the generosity of our employees her at VT," expressed Doug Clausen, President and CEO of VT Industries.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. They work to alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need in more 100 countries, without regard to race, religion, or nationality.

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