ST. PAUL, Minn., April 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 2.45 million meals are headed for hungry families thanks to the second annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive by the Country Operations division of CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative.
"CHS Harvest for Hunger rallied thousands of CHS employees, customers and partners to collectively raise 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," says John McEnroe, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations.
This year's CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign surpassed last year's drive by more than 450,000 meals. In addition, CHS Country Operations bolstered donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger by nearly $220,000 with contributions to local communities to help friends and neighbors.
"It's powerful to see how each dollar, canned food item and donation of grain or produce, along with the CHS match, combined to make such a tremendous impact for those who need it most," says McEnroe. "The participation and generosity from our employees, customers and overall communities was truly overwhelming. It's yet another example of being responsible stewards in the community, a tradition CHS has built for 80 years."
CHS Harvest for Hunger was held March 1-16 at most of the CHS Country Operations retail locations. Donations collected went to regional food banks. Fundraising activities varied at each location and included such events as pig-kissing and pie-throwing contests, pancake breakfasts, luncheons and food collections.
CHS Inc. (: CHSCP) (www.chsinc.com) 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. CHS supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, livestock feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
SOURCE CHS Inc.