"70 Years - 70 Pounds" Challenge
As part of last year's Co-op Month celebration, we encouraged our member cooperatives to "Pound Out Hunger" by collecting and donating food to their local food banks. We were so impressed by your response! As reported to us, KCC members collected nearly 5,000 pounds of food.
Did you know that 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the Kansas Cooperative Council? To help us celebrate, the KCC Board is challenging each cooperative to donate at least 70 pound of shelf-stable food items to a local hunger relief charity in your community. It can be done! Last year several co-ops easily passed that amount by a mile! If each of our 265 members meet the 70 pound goal, over 18,000 pounds of food will be given in the name of co-ops to feed hungry people across Kansas. We can make that happen!
Co-op Month is a time to increase awareness of how cooperatives are a vital part of their communities. During the month of October, set up a donation site at your cooperative or host a food drive and encourage your employees, co-op members and community residents to meet the "70 Years - 70 Pounds" challenge. If you have multiple facility locations, you may want to consider having a challenge amongst your locations and have a donation center at each facility? Together, we can help share the message of cooperatives' concern for their community as we help feed the hungry around us.
Please keep track of the donations raised through your collection activities. We would like to compile those totals at the end of October and recognize the state-wide impact of our efforts. It would be wonderful to have you send us photos of your food drive activities, as well. Please send photos and a short description of your event to Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org.