The Green Bay Packers and Sargento on Tuesday made a check presentation to Paul’s Pantry on behalf of the “Touchdowns for Charity” program. The program is in its seventh season.

Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was on hand to help with the presentation and give a special thanks to Paul’s Pantry volunteers for all their work in support of the pantry’s mission. Also attending was Louie Gentine, Sargento Foods president and chief customer officer, and Craig Robbins, director of Paul’s Pantry.

This season Sargento is donating $500 to Paul’s Pantry for every touchdown scored by the team’s wide receivers and tight ends ($11,000 on 22 TDs thus far). A final donation will be made to the pantry at the end of the season. Additionally, Sargento is donating $1,000 to the Hunger Task Force ($36,000 on 36 TDs thus far) in Milwaukee.

Since partnering seven years ago, Sargento – the official cheese of the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Field – has contributed more than $500,000 to Wisconsin food charities such as the Hunger Task Force and Paul’s Pantry.

During Packers home games, announcements have been made after every touchdown indicating the support for the program. Packers.com features a Sargento banner logo with the up-to-date total as well.

Sargento, a family-owned, Wisconsin-based company, is supporting Packers licensing throughout Wisconsin grocery retailers during the season with in-store displays and special product promotions to generate excitement with Packers fans. Sargento is also present at Lambeau in concessions with cheeseburgers featuring Sargento Sliced Natural Cheddar Cheese. To learn more about Sargento visit www.sargento.com.

About Sargento
Sargento Foods Inc. has demonstrated its passion for cheese and cheese-based solutions throughout its history. Founded in 1953 in Plymouth, Wis., Sargento is a leading manufacturer, packager and marketer of natural shredded, sliced and snack cheeses, cheese appetizers, ingredients, sauces and other culinary solutions. Sargento is owned and operated by the Gentine family, and has net sales of $900 million.

About Paul’s Pantry
Since 1984, Paul’s Pantry has distributed over 71.4 million pounds of food to the needy of Brown County. Paul’s Pantry was one of the first food pantries to seek available surplus food from the marketplace and relies entirely on the community for its donations. Its goal is to provide a family with enough food every week for as long as needed, so that they may use their food dollars to avoid homelessness.

About Hunger Task Force
A United Way agency, the Hunger Task Force is the only major food bank in Milwaukee County that provides all of its food to area pantries free of charge. The agency believes that every person has the right to adequate food obtained with dignity, and works to prevent and alleviate hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve food security tomorrow.

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