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Cargill donation to feed hungry children overseas

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Chicago-based Global FoodBanking Network says it will use a $1 million gift from Minnetonka-based agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. to feed children overseas.

The anti-hunger group says Monday the donation will be spent on schoolchildren in Argentina, Colombia, India and South Africa.

It will also bolster the group’s existing programs and food banks.

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The network says the Cargill made the donation in response to rising food prices and the worldwide economic crisis.

Cargill announced in December that it would donate $5 million to the Global FoodBanking Network and other groups.

GFN spokesman Maurice Weaver says the money will be used to buy food in those four countries from Cargill and other suppliers, instead of buying and shipping food from the U.S.

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On the Net:

Global FoodBanking Network: http://www.foodbanking.org/

Cargill: http://www.cargill.com/

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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