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Schnitzer Steel Donates $8,400 to Help Feed Hungry Mainers
Schnitzer Steel Donates $8,400 to Help Feed Hungry Mainers

Good Shepherd Food-Bank will use gift for statewide hunger-relief efforts


Schnitzer Steel’s National Food Bank Initiative, called “Racing to Stop Hunger,” is a unified, company-wide charitable effort to coordinate and support meaningful connections between its employees and their local communities.  The company is dedicated to making it easy for SSI employees and customers across the country to make a difference in their communities by supporting local food banks.

The Northeast region, with facilities in Auburn and Portland Maine, recently asked its customers to donate a $1 for every pound of recycled metal and then matched these donations. Representatives from the Maine branches presented a check for $8,413 to Rick Small, executive director of Good Shepherd Food-Bank, on January 31.

“We at Schnitzer are real excited with this initiative and we are very pleased with the association with the Good Shepherd, while we can’t stop hunger we are playing a small part with these funds. We thank each of our employees and customers for their support” stated Colin Kelly, Manger of Government Relations.

“Schnitzer Steel is taking a leadership role in the fight against hunger and we could not be happier to have their support,” said Small. “This is a significant donation; it will help Good Shepherd Food-Bank distribute 40,000 meals to hungry Mainers.”

According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 195,000 Mainers are at risk of experiencing hunger. Twenty percent of Maine children do not know when or where they will have their next meal.

For statistics on poverty and hunger, media inquiries, photos, or interview requests, please contact Clara McConnell at (207) 782-3554 ext. 1107 or cmcconnell@gsfb.org.

About Schnitzer Steel Industries
Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and exporters of recycled ferrous metal products in the United States with 52 operating facilities located in 14 states, Puerto Rico and Western Canada.  The Company has seven export facilities located on both the West and East coasts as well as in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.  The Company’s vertically integrated operating platform includes the metals recycling business as well as its auto parts and steel manufacturing businesses.  The Company’s auto parts business sells used auto parts through its 46 self-service facilities located in 14 states and Western Canada.  With an effective annual production capacity of approximately 800,000 tons, the Company’s steel manufacturing business produces finished steel products, including rebar, wire rod and other specialty items.  The Company commenced its 105th year of operations in fiscal year 2011.

About Good Shepherd Food-Bank
The largest hunger relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food-Bank provides for those at risk of hunger by soliciting and distributing surplus food to more than 600 partner agencies.  Since 1981, the Food-Bank has partnered with individuals, businesses and farmers to alleviate hunger and build community relationships.  During fiscal year 2009-2010, the Food-Bank distributed 12 million pounds of food to families and individuals throughout Maine.  Web site:  http://www.gsfb.org/.  Phone:  (207) 782-3554. Facebook: www.facebook.com/feedingmaine  Twitter: www.twitter.com/feedingmaine

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