MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2005--People who want to be
a helpful neighbor and join the fight against hunger in Minnesota have
the opportunity to do so this March when U.S. Bank branches across the
state become community collection sites for cash and food donations
for local food shelves. The 2005 Minnesota FoodShare campaign, titled
"Neighbors Helping Neighbors: It's the Minnesota Way," runs from March
1 through March 31.
"Since 2001, food shelf use has increased 40 percent statewide,"
said Sue Kainz, campaign coordinator for the March Minnesota FoodShare
campaign. "This year, most food shelves in Minnesota are reporting
large increases in the number of clients; nearly half are children and
22 percent are senior citizens. People who want to help out can
conveniently drop off a cash or food donation at their local U.S. Bank
"Minnesota FoodShare provides a greatly needed service to many
people in Minnesota," said Richard Davis, president and chief
operating officer of U.S. Bancorp. "Donations made at U.S. Bank
branches will remain in the community to support the food shelves in
that area. We encourage everyone who can afford to make a cash or food
donation to do so."
Minnesota FoodShare, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council
of Churches, directs the March Campaign, the largest food and cash
drive in the state. This campaign in 2005 will help restock more than
265 food shelves across Minnesota. Half of all the groceries
distributed at Minnesota's food shelves each year come from the March
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company operates 2,370 banking offices and 4,620 ATMs, and provides a
comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment,
mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses
and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service
Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and
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U.S. Bank Media Relations
SOURCE: U.S. Bank