Cooperative Farmers Elevator (CFE) is hosting a food drive through March 24. All of CFE’s locations throughout northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota are participating.
Each night, approximately 14,000 people go to bed hungry in Cooperative Farmers Elevator’s market territory. That staggering number, based on food insecurity ratings from Feedingamerica.org and Povertyusa.org, is just one of the reasons CFE has established an initiative to positively impact the local region. Farmers play an important role in food production, and to further that impact locally, Cooperative Farmers Elevator wants to encourage others to play a part in combating hunger in local communities.
Each location will be collecting non-perishable items and distributing them to local food banks in each county.
Needed items include: boxed meals (Hamburger Helper, muffin mixes, box potatoes), rice and pasta, canned meats (Spam, tuna, chicken), canned fruit, juice, crackers, jelly, peanut butter, snack items, toiletries, cleaning supplies.
References: Sioux County Population: 33,704, Hungry individuals: 3,090, Food insecurity rate: 9 percent
(Information provided by Katie Flick, marketing manager at Cooperative Farmers Elevator)