SunPrairie Grain helps serve up 3.2 million meals through food drive

SunPrairie Grain joined Cenex Harvest States locations representing more than 300 communities across the country in raising more than 3.2 million meals, a 30 percent increase in contributions over 2012, for hungry families in the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive by the Country Operations division of CHS.

Since the program’s launch in 2011, the equivalent of more than 7.5 million meals has been raised. In 2012 the effort provided the equivalent of more than 2.45 million meals.

“Our thanks to everyone who helped feed hungry families through the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign. It’s exciting to be a part of this effort that raised in total the equivalent of more than 3.2 million meals and really shows how much our communities care about helping others in need,” says Brad Haugeberg, general manager. On average, every $1 contributed to CHS Harvest for Hunger provides five meals. The number of meals provided for every one dollar varies by region, ranging from 3.7 to seven meals.

In addition, CHS Country Operations bolstered donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger with contributions to local communities to help friends and neighbors. SunPrairie Grain contributed to: Salvation Army, Our Lady of Grace and the Lord’s Cupboard food pantries in Minot. They also contributed to Bowbells, Velva, Mohall, Glenburn and Kenmare food pantries.

During the 20-day food and funds drive, CHS employees, customers and partners collectively raised more than 742,000 pounds of canned and fresh foods, and more than $490,000 in cash and grain for regional food banks.

SunPrairie Grain is a business unit of CHS Inc., the nation’s leading cooperative, owned by farmers, ranchers and co-ops across the U.S.