CHS Donates $102,000 to Great Plains Food Bank
Great Plains Food Bank received a big boost from the Northland Region of CHS Country Operations. They donated over $102,000 to help out several food pantries across North Dakota. The check represents the proceeds from the business units within the Northland Region of CHS Country Operations. The Great Plains Food Bank is chosen because they help the food shelves throughout all the communities within our trade territory. Presenting the check to the Great Plains Food Bank was Dale Beck of CHS Dakota Plains Ag (far left).
Ever since 2011, CHS, the nation’s leading farmer–owned cooperative, has donated over $880,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank.
The partnership is fueled by the cooperative’s initiative to eradicate hunger nationwide.
“As much as we like to think everything is really great here, there’s a lot of hunger problems, and nobody knows if it’s your neighbor down the street who needs the help. We’re very happy with what the Great Plains Food Bank does and what they accomplish,” said Dale Beck, the Energy Department Manager at CHS Dakota Plains.
In a nationwide campaign, CHS gathered over $540,000 and 215,000 pounds of food for several food pantries across the country.
EHS Stewardship Grant Funds Presented to Local Fire Departments
CHS and DPA recently presented EHS Stewardship Grant Funds to the Harwood, Gwinner, Kindred and Mooreton Fire Departments. The CHS seeds for stewardship EHS grant program uses matching funds from CHS and the local CHS business unit for projects that develop next generation ag leaders, helps improve ag and community safety and enhances rural vitality in our communities. The grant funds were presented to these community fire departments to help improve and provide emergency equipment and response. Funds were dedicated to help purchase items of thermal imaging camera, extraction rescue winch, fire truck deck gun, rescue saw grain rescue auger and confined space monitor.
$250 Donated to Cowboys for a Cure
The charity chosen to receive the $250 raised in the CHS Fit360 Health Assessment competition is Cowboys for a Cure. One of our employees, Megan Prante (right), is very active in the nonprofit organization which benefits individuals and families affected by Multiple Sclerosis. Contributions go to National Multiple Sclerosis Society which provides research for new treatments, support groups, supportive equipment, and resources to assist families. Shown in the photo are Brian Schaetz and Megan Prante.
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CHS Harvest For Hunger program donates to Great Plains Food Bank
The Agribusiness CHS presented a check to Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo on June 6, 2016, to help end hunger in North Dakota. CHS’s “Harvest for Hunger” program raised more than $127,000 that will be able to provide more than 5,000 meals for people in need in our state. Great Plains Food banks can provide four meals for every dollar donated. Tom Lehar, CHS Vice President said, “The farmers and producers who own our company are largely donating this money and it goes right back to those people in our communities who support us. And to me, that’s extremely important and that’s what our company is all about.” The Great Plains Food Bank includes 215 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens, and operates in 99 communities in Clay County and across the state of North Dakota. Since CHS and Great Plains have joined in efforts, more than $630,000 have been raised.
CHS Donates Backpacks to Kindred Third Graders
The Kindred third grade class recently received backpacks from CHS. They are shown on the steps of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, N.D.
Strengthening Our Hometown Communities
At CHS, we are committed to making a long-lasting, measurable impact on rural America and the agricultural industry. Through our stewardship efforts, we use the collective power of the cooperative system to develop ag leaders for life and to strengthen the hometown communities where our employees, owners and customers live and work. CHS employees give their time, talent and resources back to their local communities through a variety of stewardship efforts including annual Days of Service hours. We also focus on improving ag safety and cultivating ag leaders through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program, which may make up to $5,000 per year available for local projects. Learn more at chsinc.com/stewardship.
Here at CHS Dakota Plains Ag, we enthusiastically participate in the annual CHS Country Operations Harvest for Hunger program, which has provided more than 7.5 million meals since 2011. We encourage you to help us in this effort by contributing cash, grain, and canned/fresh foods for the Harvest for Hunger drive. Contact one of our locations to find out how you can participate in the next CHS Harvest for Hunger drive by contributing cash, grain, and canned/fresh foods. Your donations will help feed people in need right here in the communities we serve.
The CHS Foundation helps to create a strong future for rural America. The foundation partners with more than 30 universities to award scholarships to college students pursuing degrees in agricultural-related fields as well as mini-grants for agriculture-focused college clubs. Students and clubs apply for these scholarships directly through the college or university where they plan to attend. Click here to find out more and to see a list of partner universities.