CHS Harvest for Hunger raises 3.2 million meals

Apr 05, 2013, 10:04 ET from CHS Inc.

ST. PAUL, Minn., April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 3.2 million meals, an increase in contributions of 30 percent over 2012, are headed for hungry families thanks to the annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive by the Country Operations division of CHS Inc. (NASDAQ: CHSCP), the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative.

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.

"The response to CHS Harvest for Hunger has been incredible. Thousands of CHS employees, customers and partners rallied to collectively raise the equivalent of 3.2 million meals for hungry families, including more than 742,000 pounds of canned and fresh foods, and more than $490,000 in cash and grain," says John McEnroe, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. 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.

CHS Country Operations bolstered donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger by more than $312,000 in additional 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 contribution, 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 CHS tradition for more than 80 years."

CHS Harvest for Hunger took place March 1-20, 2013, at nearly 60 of 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, goat-kissing and pie-throwing contests, a roller-skating event and a snowmobile fun run, golf tournaments – in the snow and indoors, pancake breakfasts, luncheons and food collections. 

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. 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.