North Dakota businesses contribute to 2.45 million meals raised in food drive
Fargo, ND, April 20, 2012 – A check for $85,960 was delivered today to the Great Plains Food Bank by representatives of 10 CHS Country Operations business units in North Dakota. These locations, along with CHS locations representing 287 communities across the country, raised a combined total of more than 2.45 million meals for hungry families in the second annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive by the Country Operations division of CHS.
“We’re thrilled to report that CHS Harvest for Hunger surpassed its goal of 2 million meals,” says Carl Younce, regional manager. “Our thanks to everyone who participated. Together we proved how much the country cares about helping others in need.”
In addition, CHS Country Operations bolstered donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger with contributions to local communities to help friends and neighbors.
In just 16 days, CHS employees, customers and partners collectively raised the equivalent of 2.45 million meals for hungry families, including 652,000 pounds of canned and fresh foods, and $360,000 in cash and grain for regional food banks. Not only did this surpass the goal for 2012, it was about 450,000 meals more than were collected in 2011.
“CHS has clearly demonstrated their commitment to ending hunger for children, seniors and working families across our state,” says Marcia Paulson, director of marketing and development for the Great Plains Food Bank. “With their support we are now better equipped to tackle childhood hunger, address unmet needs and deepen our work in underserved counties. Our partnership with CHS moves us ever closer to a hunger-free North Dakota.”
CHS Inc. is the nation’s leading cooperative, owned by farmers, ranchers and co-ops across the United States. A diversified global energy, grains and foods business and a Fortune 100 company, CHS is committed to helping producers and member cooperatives grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. For 80 years, the CHS system has valued volunteerism and been responsible stewards in its communities. Held March 1-16, the CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive harnessed the power of CHS retail locations to help address America’s growing hunger problem.