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    Chevron Donates $120,000 to Louisiana Food Bank

    Meanwhile, the Iowa Petroleum Marketers Association and Cody's Convenience Stores help out in their communities.

    SAN RAMON, Calif. – Chevron donated $120,000 to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, for the organization’s disaster response efforts across south Louisiana, the Daily Advertiser reported.

    Chevron's Gulf of Mexico West Operations Manager Rick Kennedy presented the check to Natalie Jayroe, president and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, at the nonprofit's Lafayette, La. warehouse, according to the report.

    The food bank provides food to 246 non-profit and faith-based agencies throughout its 23-parish service territory, which stretches from the Mississippi border to the Texas.

    Before the landfall of Hurricane Gustav in August, an estimated 2 million people evacuated from the Louisiana coast and Second Harvest Food Bank pre-staged trailer loads of food and water to prepare for the influx of residents in need of emergency food assistance, the report stated. And after Hurricane Ike hit the area in September and caused flooding in the organization’s territory, Second Harvest doubled its average monthly distribution with more than 1.5 million pounds of food and serving nearly 1.2 million meals through member agencies, first responders, American Red Cross and Salvation Army feeding sites, the newspaper reported.

    At more than 2 million pounds distributed since the landfall of Gustav, Second Harvest continues to see an increase in the amount of assistance its network is providing to the residents of south Louisiana. Since September 2005, the Food Bank distributed more than 87 million pounds of food and supplies to more than 250,000 people annually.

    In other charity news, the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association of Iowa is launching its 27th annual Cent-A-Gallon Day for Camp Courageous, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 26. During the event, one-cent of every gallon of petroleum product sold at participating marketers will go to Camp Courageous of Iowa, a year-round recreation and respite care facility that serves more than 5,000 individuals with disabilities annually, the nonprofit charity reported.

    "The day before Thanksgiving was picked 27-years ago," Charlie Becker, the camp’s director, said in a statement, "because both Camp Courageous and the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores have felt we have an awful lot to be thankful for and it was the perfect time to give thanks for all our blessings."

    Participating fuel retailers will display posters in their windows to alert customers of the event.

    Meanwhile, Cody’s Convenience Stores is joining several grocers in the Springfield, Mo. Area to eliminate hunger through the annual Check Out Hunger campaign by Ozarks Food Harvest, which encourages shoppers to donate $1 or more, with proceeds going to local food pantries, Ozarksfirst.com reported.

    Last year, the program collected nearly $17,500 to help the hungry in the Ozarks. The Food Harvest supplies food pantries in 29 counties, and helps feed nearly 42,000 people per month.

    Besides Cody’s, grocers participating in the event include Akins Health, Harter House, Murfin's Market, Ramey's Price Cutter, Summer Fresh Supermarkets, Woods Supermarkets, Smillie's and Dillons Supermarkets.

    Check Out Hunger will collect donations through Dec. 31, according to the Web site.

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