Over the past year, it has become even more clear that local food shelves and pantries play an important role in communities. The CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign has supported those local organizations in their fight against hunger since 2011. This year, local efforts helped raise more than $2,375 and 3,992 pounds of food to distribute to local food shelves and pantries.
“We have seen increased demand for our local food shelves and food pantries over the past year due to the pandemic,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative. “Our employees, farmers, and communities put cooperative spirit into action to help support these essential organizations in their efforts to feed those in need in our communities through our CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.”
CHS Harvest for Hunger is organized by CHS Country Operations, the ag retail division of CHS. During March, CHS employees from locations across the United States worked with farmers, ranchers, community organizations and schools to raise $509,184 and 114,746 pounds of food to be distributed to food shelves, pantries and community organizations.
Locally, funds were distributed to:
Freedom Food Pantry, $1,370
New London Community Cupboard, $1,370
Fundraising efforts included the sale of Little Caesars take-home pizza kits and food donations.
With this year’s total, CHS has now raised more than $6.8 million and nearly 3.9 million pounds of food since the campaign was first launched in 2011.