Grand Casinos Donate Over $12K to Local Hungry Families

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 5:07 am

ONAMIA, Minn. And Hinckley, Minn. – Grand Casino Mille Lacs and Grand Casino Hinckley, along with donations from their Guests and Associates, donated a total of $12,083.50 to Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Family Pathways in Hinckley and Sandstone. That translates into more than 35,000 meals and more than 5,000 pounds of food for hungry local families.

The donation was the result of the “Add a Quarter to your Order” promotion, in which Guests could donate a quarter to their food order at any food venue at either casino.

“We appreciate the compassionate support shown by our Guests and Associates to make this donation to local food shelves possible,” said Michael Garrow, Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Corporate Commission of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. “Grand Casinos is proud to match the contributions made by our Guests and Associates and glad that we could help increase awareness about the needs of local food shelves as they feed hungry families in Minnesota.

During the check presentation, Sue Estee, Executive Director for Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, reiterated the fact that the demand for food is higher than it has been in recent years. “The donation that we receive today from Grand Casino Mille Lacs will go to purchase food to help the member agencies in Aitkin, Brainerd, Garrison, Onamia, and Isle. We appreciate the dedication Grand Casino has shown, along with its Guests and Associates, to hunger relief.”

The need continues to be great in the communities surrounding Grand Casino Hinckley too. “We would be overwhelmed without the generous support of companies like Grand Casino Hinckley,” said Kathy Wills, Manager of Family Pathways. “Since 2008, we’ve had a 25% increase in clients at the Sandstone food shelf and a 45% increase at the Hinckley location. These types of promotions generate attention to the local issue of hunger, and we truly appreciate it. ”

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