St. James Winery is launching an annual campaign against childhood hunger beginning in March and running through the end of May 2013. During this time, St. James Winery will donate a portion of proceeds from the sale of their wine to support the Missouri Food Bank Association and its local food bank child-feeding programs. The winery’s goal is to raise awareness of childhood hunger issues, as well as educate and encourage others to get involved.

“March is National Nutrition Month and the right time to begin a campaign raising awareness of childhood hunger issues,” said Peter Hofherr CEO of St. James Winery. “In Missouri alone, there are thousands of children living in poverty, and school breakfasts and lunches are the only source of reliable nutrition. Weekends and holidays are especially tough for these at-risk children. Backpack programs provide kid-friendly, nutritious foods to supplement their meals when there is not enough to eat at home during weekends and holidays.”

“For the past five years, our winery family has been dedicated to the reduction of childhood hunger by raising money for the Buddy Pack program here in St. James, Missouri,” Hofherr continued. This new, larger program simply extends something we’ve already been doing and offers our customers an opportunity to improve the quality of life for children in a very concrete way.”

St. James Winery is working in tandem with the Missouri Food Bank Association, which is a coalition of the six Missouri food banks working to provide hunger relief to every county in the state. Collectively, the Missouri Food Bank Association distributes more than 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2000 community programs, including the child-feeding programs for kids.

Customers should look for St. James Winery point-of-sale materials with colorful handprint graphics or visit the St. James Winery Web Site (www.stjameswinery.com) to learn more about how to help and how to donate.

St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores in 19 states.

St. James Winery's Riesling

The folks here in St. James have been counting down, and March 1 is it — the official beginning of trout-fishing season, and St. James Winery and Maramec Spring Park are ready to welcome all the trout-fishing enthusiasts headed to town.

Each year hundreds (and hundreds!) of anglers of all ages descend on St. James’s Maramec Spring, home to some of the best trout fishing in the Midwest. For generations, some dedicated families have driven long distances to continue their opening day perfect attendance records.

While you’re in town, stop by St. James Winery for our award-winning Riesling. This semi-sweet white wine, with its apple-like aroma and flavors of crisp, tart green apples, citrus, peaches and honey, is the perfect complement to fresh pan-fried trout.

And if you can’t make it to St. James for opening day — order up some Riesling to enjoy after a great day of fishing where ever you may be.

Happy Fishing!!

St. James Winery is helping efforts to clean up the Missouri River by funding Missouri River Relief, a non-profit organization dedicated to river clean up. For each case of St. James Winery wines purchased at participating Missouri retail stores during August and September, St. James Winery will make a contribution to support Missouri River Relief’s work.

“As important as the Missouri River has been in Missouri’s history, it’s probably even more important to Missouri’s future. The cleaner the Missouri River waterway is, the better for all of us – farmers, outdoor enthusiasts, and businesses – who live and work along the river,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery.

“We’re the last of seven states to have the Missouri River’s waters flowing through it,” said Hofherr, “and some of that water has traveled more than 2,300 miles by the time it empties into the Mississippi River in St. Louis. Unfortunately, a lot of garbage has been tossed into it along the way. Missouri River Relief provides hands-on help to get that trash out of the river.”

“It’s one thing to talk about how great the river is in a meeting room or a magazine article, but there’s no substitute for getting people out on the river in boats, getting their hands dirty and pulling a massive pile of trash out of the river,” said MRR Program Manager Steve Schnarr. “After the devastating floods of 2011, we are working very hard this year with our partners to organize Missouri River clean-ups in Omaha, St. Joseph and Kansas City, communities impacted by last year’s flooding. And we rely on donations to maintain and fuel our fleet of five boats, as well as provide work gloves, trash bags, water, and lunch for our volunteers.”

St. James Winery has supported clean-up activities on the Missouri River for several years as a sponsor of Race to the Dome, a charity canoe/kayak race that helps fund Missouri River Relief.

Becoming part of St. James Winery’s efforts to support Missouri River clean-up efforts is as simple as purchasing a bottle of St. James Winery wines at any participating retail store in Missouri during the months of August and September. St. James Winery will give Missouri River Relief $1 per case of wine sold.

About St. James Winery
St. James Winery is the largest and most awarded winery in Missouri. Founded by the Hofherr family in 1970, St. James Winery celebrates more than 40 years as a family owned and operated winery. St. James Winery’s award-winning wines are sold in stores throughout the Midwest and the South. St. James Winery is online at www.stjameswinery.com.

About Missouri River Relief
Missouri River Relief is a grassroots volunteer and equipment-based non-profit dedicated to connecting communities to the Missouri River through hands-on, on-the-river clean-ups and river education. Since their first Missouri River clean-up in, they’ve hosted 91 river clean-ups bringing 16,541 volunteers to the river to remove 676 tons of trash (over one million pounds!) from the river and its banks in 22 communities. Find Missouri River Relief online at www.riverrelief.org.