As local food shelves and pantries see increased demand, CHS is distributing more than $400,000 and 30,858 pounds to those local and regional organizations as part of the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.
Employees of CHS Larsen Cooperative worked with farmers, community organizations, schools and other CHS locations across the United States to gather the funds and food donations during the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger drive March 1-20.
Even though community fundraising events were cancelled mid-campaign due to COVID-19 precautions, the strength of the cooperative spirit was evident as employees and community members adapted and improvised to finish the campaign and gather donations. CHS Larsen employees were able to quickly pick-up any donations from the four schools that participated in this year’s competition: Freedom, New London, Weyauwega-Fremont and Winneconne.
Similar to last year’s program these four schools were in competition to collect the most pounds of food. This year New London High School won, raising over 1,000 pounds of food. They will be rewarded with a local grant of $500 for their efforts.
Locally, CHS Larsen distributed $1,800.32 and 2,267 pounds of food to local food pantries. The pantries receiving these donations are as follows: New London Community Cupboard, Weymont Food Pantry, Winneconne Area Assistance Center, and Freedom Food Pantry Inc.
“Now, more than ever, our local food shelves and food pantries are doing essential work, feeding those in our communities who are struggling,” says David Neal, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative. “I am proud to see how the cooperative system came together to support this campaign, even as we faced unexpected challenges to our usual fundraising efforts. Our farmers are feeding the world, and that effort includes feeding those in need in our own communities. I encourage others to consider giving to their local food shelves and pantries as well. Their services are vital to the strength of our rural communities.”
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 10 years since the campaign was first launched.