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Minn. sweet corn `rescued' to feed the hungry


SAVAGE, Minn. (AP) -- More than a million pounds of Minnesota sweet corn is being donated to feed hungry people around the nation this year, thanks to a program aimed at redirecting food that would otherwise be wasted.

It's known as "corn rescue." Minnesota Public Radio reports the two-year-old program is led by Hunger-Free Minnesota, with donations and expertise from some of the biggest names in agriculture, including Cargill, General Mills, Seneca, Birds Eye, and Supervalu. Some of it gets distributed in Minnesota, but it's also trucked as far away as New York City.

Tony Mans of the Second Harvest Heartland food bank estimates that about 50 million pounds of sweet corn go unharvested in Minnesota each year. And he says there's high demand among food shelves for nutritious fresh produce like it.

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