Union Pacific Contributes the Equivalent of a Boxcar of Food to Harvesters

Omaha, Neb., December 08, 2008 – Union Pacific Railroad today is helping keep Harvesters - The Community Food Network stocked during these tough economic times by contributing $10,000 to provide 50,000 meals, which is, enough food to fill a boxcar.

"It's during tough times like these, and throughout our history, Union Pacific has assisted the communities we operate in like Topeka to help them through times of need," said Cameron Scott, Union Pacific Railroad's general superintendent - transportation services for the Kansas City Service Unit.

"This generous gift from Union Pacific couldn't come at a more critical time," said Karen Haren, president and CEO of Harvesters, the food bank serving most of northeast Kansas. "The number of people seeking emergency food assistance at area food pantries and soup kitchens is increasing during these difficult economic times. This gift will help us ensure that we have food available when people turn to us for help."

Union Pacific's $10,000 contribution will be used by Harvesters to provide 50,000 meals, which is enough food to fill more than 1,200 grocery cart baskets.

About Harvesters - The Community Food Network

Harvesters is Greater Kansas City's food bank. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 550 not-for-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons. Together, Harvesters network serves nearly 60,000 people every week, 43 percent of whom are children. Harvesters, which was founded in 1979, is a certified member of Feeding America, a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, serving all 50 states. For more information, visit www.harvesters.org.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America's premier rail franchise.
 
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