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Local Volunteers Join Forces to Fight Domestic Hunger

Local volunteer effort is one of 350 events held across the country

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameriprise financial advisors from Los Angeles are joining forces with their colleagues, clients, family and friends on November 16 to help end domestic hunger. The team will be volunteering from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which is located at 1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles, CA. Cameras are invited to capture footage of the volunteers packing lunches.

The event is part of a national day of service organized by the company. Ameriprise financial advisors, staff and employees across more than 45 states have committed to volunteering at approximately 350 hunger relief organizations in their local communities.

"Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to supporting organizations like the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank that are committed to hunger relief efforts," said Anthony Perez, who organized the local volunteer efforts. "As the recession made clear by leaving one in six Americans struggling with food scarcity, hunger knows no boundaries. Our goal with this project is to lift up those in our community who've fallen on hard times and had difficulty putting food on the table. In partnering with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, I know we're making a difference."

The following local financial advisors are participating in the event: Anthony Perez, Barry Engelman, Agustine Choi, Jose Ching, and Erika Puzik.

Members of the community also have an opportunity to help support domestic hunger relief efforts and make a more significant impact than they could on their own. Anyone who visits supportfeedingamerica.org/Ameriprise and makes an online contribution to Feeding America prior to December 1* is eligible to have their donation doubled through the Ameriprise Financial Matching Challenge, pledging up to $500,000 in hunger relief. Each dollar contributed during the Matching Challenge will make it possible for the organization to provide 16 meals to hungry families during the upcoming holiday season.

Aligned with its giving priority of Meeting Basic Needs, Ameriprise Financial began a charitable partnership with Feeding America in 2009, which includes both financial and volunteer-based support for the nonprofit and other hunger relief organizations. The goal of the partnership is to help meet an increased demand on food banks and work toward finding long-term solutions to domestic hunger. Through the efforts of its advisors, employees, retirees and clients, the company has provided more than 21 million meals, raised more than $3 million and volunteered approximately 65,000 hours in support of domestic hunger relief.

About Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community. To fulfill this, the LA Food Bank sources and acquires food and other products and distributes to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs; Energizes the community to get involved and support hunger relief; Conducts hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger.

About Ameriprise Financial Community Relations
Ameriprise Financial is dedicated to using the firm's resources and talents to improve the lives of individuals and build strong communities. Through grant making, volunteerism and employee and advisor gift matching programs, the company supports a diverse group of over 5,000 nonprofits across the country.

About Ameriprise Financial
At Ameriprise Financial, we have been helping people feel confident about their financial future for over 115 years. With a network of 10,000 financial advisors and outstanding asset management, advisory and insurance capabilities, we have the strength and expertise to serve the full range of consumer financial needs. For more information, or to find an Ameriprise advisor, visit ameriprise.com.

About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

* Online contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to a total of $500,000.

© 2012 Ameriprise Financial, Inc. All rights reserved.

Contact:
(310) 405-7109
anthony.2.perez@ampf.com 
http://www.ameripriseadvisors.com/anthony.a.perez/

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