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Nonprofits Benefit From BMO Harris Bank's Recycling Efforts

PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 01/24/13 -- "Getting new stuff is like receiving a surprise gift." That's what United Food Bank's Chief Operating Officer, Rayna Palmer, had to say when she saw photos of all of the office and warehouse furniture BMO Harris Bank was offering to her at no cost.

Late last week, BMO Harris Bank notified numerous nonprofits throughout the Valley that they were giving away their reserve of extra desks, filing cabinets, tables, chairs, and office cubicles that had accumulated over the past several years. The resale value of all of the items exceeds hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The phones started ringing as soon as the email went out. The Wellness Community, United Food Bank, Phoenix Art Museum, and Junior Achievement were some of the earliest organizations to take advantage of the first-come-first-served freebies.

"I can't tell you how much this means to United Food Bank. We make every effort to use our resources wisely, specifically getting food to the hungry; and sometimes we just do with what we have," added Palmer. "These are wonderful items and will really help out all of the nonprofits who are able to take advantage of the generosity of BMO."

"Nonprofits often operate on a shoestring budget," commented Jennifer Herrema, BMO Harris Bank Vice President of Community Affairs - Arizona "Their precious dollars are needed to carry out their mission. I am very pleased that we are able to provide them with useful items they could not otherwise afford."

About BMO Harris Bank

Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank(SM) is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.

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