Cargill is giving back to two charitable organizations in Alberta as part of its Together We Thrive contest.

The contest encourages charitable organizations in communities Cargill serves to nominate their program for one of six 25-thousand-dollar grants.

The Lethbridge Food Bank and McLennan Breakfast for Learning program were the Alberta winners.

The food bank has seen a 25 per cent increase in use with the downturn in the oil and gas industry and the economy as a whole.

Winners were selected based on a number of criteria, such as providing food security and nutrition, education and environmental stewardship.