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Walz, Flanagan Kick Off Thanksgiving with Minnesota Turkey
Minnesota Ag Connection - 12/02/2019

Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan kicked off the Thanksgiving holiday alongside a Minnesota-grown turkey. They were joined by Minnesota Turkey Growers Association President Paul Kvistad, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota Executive Director oColleen Moriarty in presenting Minnesota's Thanksgiving turkey.

"I wish all Minnesotans a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with family, food, and football," said Walz. "As Governor of the top turkey producing state in the nation, I encourage all Minnesotans to serve Minnesota-grown turkeys at Thanksgiving this year."

Minnesota's turkey farmers raise an estimated 42 million birds each year. This production generates $807 million in economic activity every year and supports 26,000 Minnesota jobs. Turkeys grown in Minnesota also consume $163 million of corn and $169 million of soybean meal, adding approximately $251 million to the value of corn and soybeans in Minnesota.

"As we give thanks this week, I encourage Minnesotans to volunteer or make a donation to their local food shelf so more Minnesota families can enjoy a warm Thanksgiving dinner," said Flanagan. "There are more than 3 million visits to food shelters across the state every year, and many of the visits are children. I'm grateful to Hunger Solutions for their work to end hunger in Minnesota, and to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association for their generosity this holiday season."

Walz, Flanagan, the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, and Hunger Solutions Minnesota addressed the critical need to end hunger across the state by encouraging Minnesotans to donate to their local food shelves. The Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is donating $11,000 to Hunger Solutions Minnesota this year, to help more Minnesota families enjoy a warm meal this holiday season.

"Thanksgiving has always been a special holiday for Minnesota's turkey farmers -- all about tradition," said Kvistad, who is also a turkey grower. "Today, I am grateful to be able to announce that the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association is continuing our tradition of donating turkey to Hunger Solutions Minnesota."

Hunger Solutions Minnesota is the only statewide anti-hunger organization whose services reach every county of Minnesota. There are than 3 million visits to food shelters in Minnesota every year, with one in three food shelf visits being children. Walz donated a turkey to a local food shelf, and encourages folks to join him so all Minnesota families can enjoy a warm Thanksgiving dinner.

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