Photo: Shoni Jones (Pantry Volunteer), Kate Birkhofer (Kansas Food Bank), Cathy Jones (Stockton Pantry Director), Michael Carpenter (General Manager, Farmers Union Elevator), Torrie Webber (Pantry Volunteer), Norma Braun (Board Member, Farmers Union Elevator), Michael Rogers (Stockton Pantry VP)
Stockton, KS – October 24, 2023 – In honor of National Co-op Month, Farmers Union Elevator and Land O’ Lakes has provided a combined gift of $1,000 to the Kansas Food Bank to support their work in Rooks County.
“We take great pride in providing the Kansas Food Bank with resources to ensure our neighbors who experience hunger have access to missing meals” said Joe Becker, CFO of Farmers Union Elevator. “It is important to us to give back to the communities where we are located and this donation will do just that.”
Funds will support different programs including the Stockton Food Pantry and the Food 4 Kids weekend backpack program. Food 4 Kids provides chronically hungry children with a packet of kid friendly, nutritious food every Friday during the school year. These are items that they can easily open and eat on their own without any preparation. The weekend packets provide kids the nourishment they need to grow and thrive. Currently over 5,000 children, including kids in Rooks county benefit from the Food 4 Kids program.
“We are very thankful to Farmers Union Elevator and Land O’ Lakes for this generous donation” stated Brian Walker, President and CEO of the Kansas Food Bank. “We are honored to have them support our work and mission.”
The Kansas Food Bank saw an increase in the number of people needing food assistance this past year due the rising cost of basic living expenses.
The announcement was made at Stockton Food Pantry on Thursday, October 19, 2023.