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Willie's display earns Silver Plate Award from MGA

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From left are Dwain and Minnie Benson of the Stevens County Food Shelf, Jamie Pfuhl, President of the Minnesota Grocers Association, Gina Martin, Mark Anderson and Paul Martin of Willie's, and State Rep. Torrey Westrom.2 / 2

Willie's Super Valu is one of four companies statewide to be recognized for its efforts to end hunger in its community.

Willie's earned the Silver Plate Award for Best Single Creative Display in its store during the October 2010 "Minnesota's Own" campaign to end hunger.

The Minnesota Grocers Association program included participation from more than 215 MGA retail members, 14 vendor partners and community food banks and food shelves across the state.

In addition to the award, a $1,000 donation was made on behalf of Willie's Super Valu to the Stevens County Food Shelf.

"The real winners in this effort are the struggling families in our community that will benefit from the contributions our customers made," said Paul Martin, owner of Willie's. "I'd like to congratulate our customers on their generosity and willingness to help strengthen our community."