“We extend our sincere appreciation to vendors, suppliers and carriers who have made this annual event such a huge success,” said Dan Dye, chief executive officer of Ardent Mills. “Together, our single-day efforts have shattered the previous fundraising record of $140,000 and made 800,000 meals possible.”
Bill Stoufer, chief operating officer at Ardent Mills, said the company is donating $500 each to a food bank or charity in each of the home cities of six businesses that were recognized by the company’s team members for their strong partnership and support. The businesses include Hood Packaging Corp., Madison, Mississippi, U.S.; Point B Inc., Denver, Colorado, U.S.; Fourkites Inc., Chicago, Illinois, U.S.; Horizon Controls Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, U.S.; Interstates, Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.; and United Warehouse Co., Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Additionally, seven vendors were recognized for their work to assist Ardent Mills as it regained operational status and for providing grain-based ingredients and foods to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean region in the wake of last year’s Hurricane Maria. The vendors — Great Western Manufacturing Co., Inc., W.W. Grainger Inc., Motion Industries Inc., Interstates, SCA Construction Inc., Ebmeier Engineering LLC, and Foodliner Inc. — were honored by a donation of $500 each in their names to Hogar del Niño El Ave Maria, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, an orphanage sponsored annually by Molinos de Puerto Rico.