Program celebrates 10 years and donations of 370,000 pounds of food in Atchison

Atchison, KAN., (Dec. 19, 2023) — MGP Ingredients and local non-profit agencies teamed up this month for the tenth ‘Boxes of Blessing’ project benefiting Atchison-area families in need. Together, they distribute 25,000 pounds of non-perishable food to families in need. Since 2014, the program has provided 370,000 pounds – 185 tons – of food in Atchison.

In celebration of the 10-year Boxes of Blessing milestone, MGP supported other food-related programming for 10 days beginning Dec. 8 with: snacks at Atchison Child Care; lunch at Project Concern; and gift cards at a local grocery store.

“We’re thrilled to observe ten years of ‘Boxes of Blessing’ in Atchison. This is one of our signature community programs, an annual labor of love to help our neighbors,” said Michael Buttshaw, MGP’s vice president of Ingredient Solutions sales and R&D.

The Atchison project was inspired by a community program developed more than 20 years ago at B.C. Williams, a Dallas-based ingredients distributor and producer of custom mixes, bases and concentrates. ‘Boxes of Blessing,’ initially focused on helping families in Texas and Tennessee, was extended to the Atchison area in 2014.

Local partners included Atchison County Food Pantry at First Christian Church; the Salvation Army of Atchison County; Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas; and Pantry of Hope, along with Atchison Wholesale Grocery and the Atchison Police Department.

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MGP Ingredients, Inc. (Nasdaq: MGPI) is a leading producer of premium distilled spirits, branded spirits, and food ingredient solutions. Since 1941, we have combined our expertise and energy aimed at formulating excellence, bringing product ideas to life collaboratively with our customers.

As one of the largest distillers in the U.S., MGP’s offerings include bourbon and rye whiskeys and gins, which are created at the intersection of science and imagination, for customers of all sizes, from crafts to multinational brands. With U.S. distilleries in Kentucky and Indiana, and bottling operations in Missouri, Ohio, and Northern Ireland, MGP has the infrastructure and expertise to create on any scale.

MGP’s branded spirits portfolio covers a wide spectrum of brands in every segment, including iconic brands from Luxco, which was founded in 1958 by the Lux Family. Luxco is a leading producer, supplier, importer and bottler of beverage alcohol products. Our branded spirits mission is to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of consumers, associates and business partners. Luxco’s award-winning spirits portfolio includes well-known brands from four distilleries: Bardstown, Kentucky-based Lux Row Distillers, home of Ezra Brooks, Rebel, Blood Oath, David Nicholson and Daviess County; Lebanon, Kentucky-based Limestone Branch Distillery, maker of Yellowstone Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Minor Case Straight Rye Whiskey and Bowling & Burch Gin; Jalisco, Mexico-based Destiladora Gonzalez Lux, producer of 100% agave tequilas, El Mayor, Exotico and Dos Primos; and the historic Ross & Squibb Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, where Penelope Bourbon, Remus Straight Bourbon Whiskey and Rossville Union Straight Rye Whiskey are produced.  The innovative and high-quality brand portfolio also includes Everclear Grain Alcohol, Pearl Vodka, Green Hat Gin, Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream, The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey and other well-recognized brands.

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