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ScottsMiracle-Gro(R) Makes Largest Gro-ables(R) Seed Pods(TM) Donation Ever to Feeding America(R) for Families in Need

MARYSVILLE, Ohio, June 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ScottsMiracle-Gro donated over 800,000 Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® Seed Pods™ to Feeding America, the nation's leader in the fight to end hunger. Feeding America will send the Gro-ables® Seed Pods™ to its network of food banks and community gardens to grow fresh vegetables and herbs like tomato, basil, cilantro, cucumber and sweet peppers. Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® Seed Pods™ come with everything needed to start growing a variety of foods which would allow Feeding America's food banks to provide their agencies and families served the opportunity to grow their own vegetables. This single donation has the potential to harvest over five million pounds of food to help fight hunger.

This is the largest donation of Gro-ables® Seed Pods™ ScottsMiracle-Gro has made and it will benefit food banks across the nation in support of Feeding America's mission to end hunger. With nearly one in six Americans facing hunger, this donation is intended to support home gardens or Community Gardens in areas supported by food banks and their agencies where the produce grown will be used to feed some of the nearly 46 million low-income individuals in the nation.

"We are proud to support Feeding America's mission to end hunger in America," said Ann Aquillo, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, ScottsMiracle-Gro. "Having access to healthy fruits and vegetables is essential to good nutrition and we look forward to helping Feeding America improve the health and wellness of our communities in need."

Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® are ideal for those new to growing and for experienced gardeners – their ready-to-plant Seed Pods™ take the guesswork out of gardening with seed, soil and plant food in an all-in-one biodegradable pod, making it easy for consumers to grow healthy, fresh food.

"We are fortunate to have a great partner in ScottsMiracle-Gro – they share our commitment to helping provide nutritious food to those at-risk of hunger every day in America," said Karen Hanner, Managing Director, Manufacturing Product Sourcing, Feeding America. "We know the fight to end hunger cannot be fought alone, and this donation of Miracle-Gro® Gro-ables® Seed Pods™ brings us one step closer to our goal."

About ScottsMiracle-Gro®

With more than $2.8 billion in worldwide sales, The ScottsMiracle-Gro® Company is the world's largest marketer of branded consumer products for lawn and garden care. The Company's brands are the most recognized in the industry. In the U.S., the Company's Scotts®, Miracle-Gro® and Ortho® brands are market-leading in their categories, as is the consumer Roundup® brand, which is marketed in North America and most of Europe exclusively by Scotts and owned by Monsanto. In the U.S., we operate Scotts LawnService®, the second largest residential lawn care service business. In Europe, the Company's brands include Weedol®, Pathclear®, Evergreen®, Levington®, Miracle-Gro®, KB®, Fertiligène® and Substral®. For additional information, visit us at www.scottsmiraclegro.com.

About Feeding America®

Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT: MEDIA CONTACT Annika Tunberg for Scotts Miracle-Gro Annika.Tunberg@zenogroup.com 312-321-4862Source:The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company