GNP Company™ Presented 2016 Hunger Hero Award by Second Harvest Heartland

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1.7 Million Meals Worth of Chicken Donated in 2015

GNP Company accepts 2016 Hunger Hero award

Sustainability manager, Paul Helgeson, pictured here with GNP Company representatives, accepts the 2016 Hunger Hero award.

We appreciate our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, because they are helping us live our mission of ‘dedicated to healthy food, families, and farms,’” said Paul Helgeson, sustainability manager for GNP Company

GNP Company™, the Midwest’s leading chicken producer of the Gold’n Plump® and Just BARE® chicken brands, has been named a 2016 Hunger Hero Food Award recipient by Second Harvest Heartland in a ceremony held on March 31 at Second Harvest Heartland’s Golden Valley, Minn. headquarters.

The Hunger Hero Award, now in its seventh year, recognizes organizations that make a “compassionate and transformational impact on people in need in Minnesota and Wisconsin.” GNP Company has supported Second Harvest Heartland for 12 years and was acknowledged as the food bank’s largest food donor in 2015 for donating 1.7 million meals worth of chicken last year.

“As a food company, we appreciate all of the hard work of the Second Harvest Heartland team in building awareness about food insecurity in our local communities,” said Paul Helgeson, sustainability manager for GNP Company. “Good organizations tend to find one another. We appreciate our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, because they are helping us live our mission of ‘dedicated to healthy food, families, and farms.’”

According to Second Harvest Heartland, which is one of the largest and most efficient food banks in the United States, one in 10 people in Minnesota and western Wisconsin experience the stress of hunger on any given day. The food bank delivered 77 million meals in the region last year.

According to Helgeson, what GNP Company equally appreciates about the partnership is the fact that Second Harvest Heartland serves all three of the communities in which the company operates. “My great-grandfather, E.M. Helgeson, who founded the company 90 years ago, would be very proud that we’re continuing his legacy of supporting our people where they live and work. And, he would be humbled by the size of the donation and impact it made locally,” said Helgeson.

A crowd of 75 people attended the Thursday evening event, where Helgeson, along with other GNP Company representatives, were on-hand to officially accept the award.


About GNP Company | Dedicated to Healthy Food, Families & Farms.
Based in St. Cloud, MN, GNP Company is a provider of premium branded and custom chicken products to retail, deli and foodservice customers nationally. Founded by E.M. Helgeson in 1926 and purchased in 2013 by Maschhoff Family Foods, GNP Company remains family-owned. It distributes products under the Just BARE® and Gold’n Plump® brand names. Together, the company’s more than 1,700 team members and 350 family farm partners in Minnesota and Wisconsin provide enough chicken for about 4 million consumers annually. For more information about the company and its mission of “dedicated to healthy food, families and farms,” visit

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