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BMO Harris Bank Grant to Fight Hunger

Thursday, November 29, 2012

BMO Harris Bank Grant to Fight Hunger09:00 EST Thursday, November 29, 2012ST. LOUIS, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BMO Harris Bank announced today a $10,000 grant to the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the region's largest nonprofit food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. "The St. Louis Area Foodbank is an invaluable asset providing critical services to the community through food distribution and education programs," said Brad Smith, Senior Vice President, BMO Harris Bank. "For years, we have participated in food drives and set up volunteer opportunities for employees.  This grant will help support the critical services the St. Louis Area Foodbank provides to our neighbors in need." For approximately one in eight people in the St. Louis area, hunger is a reality.  Children comprise the largest segment of the population in need of food assistance.   "Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important in establishing and maintaining a good foundation.  That foundation has implications on a child's future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity," said Verletta Cole, Vice President of Development at the St. Louis Area Foodbank. "This makes the contributions of individuals and companies like BMO Harris Bank paramount to helping us meet the great need in our community."About BMO Harris BankBased in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank SM is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.About St. Louis Area FoodbankThe St. Louis Area Foodbank began its service to the community in 1975.  Today, we continue to be an organization that relies on the generosity of others to make a difference in the lives of those in need of food assistance.  Since that time, we've grown to become the bi-state region's largest non-profit 501(c)(3) food distribution center dedicated to feeding those in need. Through our network of more than 500 partner agencies, we distributed more than 25 million pounds of food in FY2012. For more information, visit www.stlfoodbank.org. SOURCE BMO Harris BankFor further information: Beth Copeland, +1-317-269-1395, beth.copeland@bmo.com