Packers, Sargento surpass $100K in donations for hunger relief

NOW: Packers, Sargento surpass $100K in donations for hunger relief

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) --- Not only did the Green Bay Packers score four touchdowns Sunday, Dec. 13 against the Detroit Lions, but they also surpassed $100,000 for the first time in one season during its 18-year-history of its Touchdowns for Hunger program with Sargento Foods Inc.

Sargento donates $2,000 toward hunger relief in Wisconsin for every touchdown scored in the regular season for the annual program.

This is a $500 increase per touchdown over 2019. 

The Packers have scored 52 touchdowns so far.

The contribution could continue to grow with three more regular season games left to go, officials say. Sargento will continue donating during any possible playoff games.

Packers running back Aaron jones also joined the program this year for the second straight year, officials say. 

“We are excited to reach this major milestone for Touchdowns for Hunger thanks to the Packers’ incredible offense,” said Louie Gentine, CEO of Sargento Foods. “Our charity partnership with the Packers started in 2002 and has raised more than $1.4 million to fight hunger in Wisconsin. We’re honored to serve our community by partnering with organizations like Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force and Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay.”

According to a news release, as the Official Cheese of the Green Bay Packers, the Sargento Touchdowns for Hunger donation is shared by Paul’s Pantry in Green Bay and Hunger Task Force in Milwaukee.

“The Green Bay community has been hit hard by the pandemic,” said Craig Robbins, executive director of Paul’s Pantry. “In a part of Wisconsin where hunger can be easy to hide, we continue to see the daily impact of COVID-19 on the people in need we serve. This tremendous support from Sargento – along with the dynamic and exciting Packers offense – will help us as we continue to serve those in need in our community.”

Executive Director of Hunger Task Force Sherrie Tussler said Hunger Task Force is serving more families than ever before.

“We value our partnership with Sargento in the fight against hunger now more than ever," Tussler said.

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