CHS Midwest Co-op heading 2-for-1 food drive

Midwest Cooperatives has joined with Cenex Harvest States country operations to work together to feed the hungry.

CHS through the "Harvest for Hunger" program has set a goal of raising enough food, funds and grain to provide one million meals.

According to the CHS plans behind this food drive, this is just one way the patrons and employees of Midwest Cooperatives can continue their commitment of volunteering and community stewardship.

The "Harvest for Hunger" program demonstrates how much CHS country operations and Midwest Cooperatives employees care about making a meaningful difference in their communities.

Every pound of food donated will provide one meal. Every dollar collected will provide seven meals. Every bushel of grain donated will provide 55 meals. All of the donations will stay in South Dakota through the "Feeding South Dakota" food banks and food shelves.

Plus, CHS will match in funds the amount raised with a donation back to the local communities. This means each dollar will provide 14 meals and each bushel will provide 110 meals.

The "Harvest for Hunger" program will be from March 1, 2011, to March 18, 2011. Midwest Cooperatives has offices in Philip, Kadoka, Blunt, Highmore, Onida, Draper and Pierre. Donations are being accepted at all locations.

Jay Baxter, Philip and western area locations manager, said, "People can donate cash donations here at the front counter. Producers can donate bushels and other items also; we are taking those here as well."

The need is great. Roughly 50 million Americans - including a staggering one in four children - need help to secure nutritious food, according to Feeding America, the nation's leading hunger relief charity. That is why employees at CHS are working together with the goal of raising one million meals.

Financial donations are encouraged because food banks have tremendous buying power to purchase quality food at discounted rates. Every donation helps, plus every amount you give is multiplied because of the CHS country operations local contribution.