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Thursday, October 24, 2002

New Orleans, LA, October 24, 2002 – Johnsonville Foods and Launa Stayer-Maloney, Vice Chairman of the Board, were honored today with the American Meat Institute’s Edward C. Jones Community Service Award.

The award was created to honor people who show the same commitment to service as the late Ed Jones of Jones Dairy Farm in Fort Atkinson, WI.

“Anyone who knows Launa Stayer-Maloney and her team at Johnsonville Sausage knows that they don’t do things in small ways in Sheboygan, Wisconsin,” said AMI Chairman Phil Clemens, chairman of Hatfield Quality Meats, when he presented the award. Clemens said that the head of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sheboygan wrote to AMI and described Launa as “motivated by mission and driven by compassion.”

“Her passion for community service has translated to her company, where employees actively follow her example of volunteerism by engaging in their own,” Clemens said. In fact, many members of the Johnsonville team say working at Johnsonville has inspired them to donate hours to local charities. Johnsonville management routinely encourages staff to assist with events like local youth basketball tournaments and other fundraisers.

Johnsonville also is one of the primary sponsors of the Wisconsin Brat Fest, where they work to sell 100,000 brats in four days with all proceeds donated to 23 groups and charities. Johnsonville’s Famous Big Taste Grill has toured the country and raised more than $1 million for charities since 1999. All totaled, since 1993, Johnsonville has raised and donated funds totaling $2.7 million to local, state and national organizations from the American Red Cross to the March of Dimes, the Shriners and the Salvation Army.

In addition, Johnsonville has helped support AMI’s anti hunger program ‘Meating the Need’ with generous product donations to Second Harvesters of Milwaukee and a host of other food banks and pantries across the country.

In the area of education, in May 2000, The Stayer Family donated $2.5 million dollars to Marian College toward a new technology and executive training center – The Stayer Center for Technology and Executive Learning.

“Launa Stayer-Maloney and her team at Johnsonville Foods exhibit the kind of generosity of time and spirit that this award represents,” according to Clemens.

For more information contact:
Janet Riley
Vice President, Public Affairs
Josee Daoust
Manager, Public Affairs

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