Land O’Lakes Donates 40,000 Pounds of Macaroni & Cheese to Food Bank of Lincoln in Nebraska

Apr 19, 2024

Land O’Lakes, Inc. donated nearly 40,000 pounds of LAND O LAKES® Macaroni and Cheese to Food Bank of Lincoln through the Land O’Lakes First Run Program. This provides over 100,000 servings of food to the community. 

The First Run Program has donated nearly 7 million pounds of product since it was established in 2010. The program is committed to donating truckloads of fresh product year-round, made specifically for food banks to help alleviate hunger across the United States. 

"As a farmer-owned cooperative, Land O'Lakes, Inc. is deeply committed to hunger relief. This effort begins locally in the communities that our members and employees call home, many of them rural," said Sheilah Stewart, SVP & General Counsel, Land O’Lakes, Inc. "We are honored to help our Feeding America food bank partners get fresh, nutritious food directly to the families who need it most." 

Leadership from three of Land O’Lakes ag retailer member-owners, Central Valley Ag, Frontier Cooperative, and Farmers Cooperative, were present to see the donation, which also included a $1,000 contribution from Frontier Cooperative that was matched by the Land O’Lakes Foundation. 

“Here in Nebraska, we recognize the critical role our farmers and producers play when it comes to feeding the world,” said Suzanne Pillen, First Lady of Nebraska. “I commend Land O’Lakes for its donation to the Food Bank of Lincoln. I hope people take the time to learn what they can do in their own communities to meet the needs of those who are hungry.” 

Through its bi-monthly drive-thru food distributions, the Food Bank of Lincoln will begin distributing this mac and cheese the afternoon of April 19th, when an estimated 800-1,000 households are expected to visit the food bank for food assistance. 

“This Land O’Lakes, Inc. donation is not only generous but also sure to bring smiles to the faces of our neighbors in Southeast Nebraska who receive it,” said Michaella Kumke, President & CEO of Food Bank of Lincoln. “As a staple comfort food, mac and cheese is a significant expression of care. Members of the 

Land O’Lakes farmer-and retailer-owned cooperative understand responsibility and sustainability. We’re honored to share in their commitment to serve and feed.” 

For more information on Land O’Lakes’ commitment to the community, visit 

Picture Captions 

From left to right: Jeremy Wilhelm, Frontier Cooperative CEO; Allan Zumpfe, Farmers Cooperative President & CEO; Carl Dickinson, Central Valley Ag President & CEO and Land O’Lakes, Inc. Board of Directors; Tiffany Murray, Food Bank of Lincoln Chief Operating Officer; Suzanne Pillen, First Lady of Nebraska; and Tom Beckius, Lincoln City Council Chair, celebrate the donation of 40,000 pounds of macaroni and cheese to the Food Bank of Lincoln by Land O’Lakes, Inc. 

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