CHS Larsen kicks off food drive

Effort benefits area food pantries

CHS Larsen Cooperative, a local agricultural co-op, is gathering donations of money, food and crops to help fight hunger in Oconto County and the surrounding area.

As part of CHS Harvest for Hunger food and fund drive, CHS Larsen Cooperative will accept contributions from March 1 through March 20 at its locations in Oconto Falls, New London, Readfield, Center Valley, Weyauwega, and Larsen, and then deliver all collections to local food pantries.

“Hunger is a reality for more than 40 million people in America, including 13.1 million children. Every dollar we raise through CHS Harvest for Hunger can purchase six pounds of food through our food banks,” said Todd Reif, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative. “That’s making a real difference for those in need.”

Financial donations are encouraged because they enable food banks to leverage their buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates. In 2016, CHS Larsen Cooperative raised $5,393 and more than 1,890 pounds of food, with parent company CHS adding bonus dollars to bring the 2016 total to $11,207. This all stayed in communities in the local area.

“Our local communities also win when CHS Country Operations makes a contribution to help friends and neighbors right here in our community. Fighting hunger in our communities ties directly to what farmers and ranchers do every day, raising crops and livestock to feed the world,” Reif said.

If you are unable to drop off donations, call Cathie Hansen at 920-982-1111 to arrange a pickup. Checks may be mailed to CHS Larsen Cooperative, Attn: Harvest for Hunger, P.O. Box 308, New London, WI 54961.