Working together with CHS locations across the country, employees, community organizations and businesses, and farmers of CHS Larsen Cooperative joined the fight against rural hunger through the cooperative’s annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food, and funds drive. The annual campaign gathered more than $500,000 and 94,959 pounds of food to fight hunger in rural America. Locally, CHS Larsen Cooperative raised $4,946 and 3,000 pounds of food for local food shelves.
Since 2011, CHS Country Operations, a division of CHS, the nation’s leading farmer-owned cooperative, has organized the campaign to gather money and food for local and regional food shelves across the country. With this year’s total, the cooperative has now raised more than $6 million and 4.5 million pounds of food in the nine years since the campaign was first launched.
CHS Larsen Cooeprative participated in the 2019 Harvest for Hunger drive held March 1-20 through a variety of fundraising activities, including teaming up with four school disticts (New London, Winneconne, Freedom and Weyauwega-Fremont) to raise food and funds. CHS Larsen Cooperative wanted to make a larger impact in the communities which receive the donations. By teaming up with the schools it turned out to be very successful. All the food raised in each school district went to their local food pantry. All pantries received over 400 pounds of food each!
“Often, local food shelves and food pantries are doing invisible work. They are feeding people in our rural communities who we would never imagine are going hungry,” says Todd Reif, “That’s why it’s so important that we support these local organizations. We are in the business of feeding the world, but we may never realize who is facing hunger right in our own communities. But these organizations have the system and contacts in place to make sure everyone has food on the table every day.”