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Posted April 23, 2015

Announcing 2015 CHS H4H Totals

A note from Lynden Johnson, executive vice president, Country Operations:

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of our CHS Country Operations business units, this year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive raised a record $550,000 and nearly 270,000 pounds of food for hungry families. More than 4,000 employees from 50 Country Operations business units participated in the 2015 Harvest for Hunger drive held March 1-20.

I’m extremely proud of our CHS employees, customers and partners who rallied in support of this effort. Every dollar, food item and donation of grain or produce will make a tremendous difference for those families in need.

Top performing business units for 2015:

Locations under 50 employees

  1. CHS Garrison (Garrison, ND)
  2. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  3. CHS Dakota Prairie (Edgeley, ND)

Locations 50+ employees

  1. M&M Cooperative (Yuma, CO)
  2. United Plains Ag (Sharon Springs & Quinter, KS)
  3. CHS Sun Basin (Quincy, WA)

CHS Country Operations boosted donations to CHS Harvest for Hunger by more than $320,000 in additional contributions to local communities.  Overall, the campaign generated more than $930,000 in cash and grain donations, food donations, and bonus dollars to help our friends and neighbors.

Thank you to everyone who participated in CHS Harvest for Hunger!

 Posted April 7, 2015

CHS Yuma wins Top Fundraising Event

Congratulations to CHS Yuma for winning this year’s Top Fundraising Event.

Since the beginning of March, CHS Yuma held three Cajun Boil & Mouse Races, raising more than $17,000 to benefit the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.

As a reward for winning Top Fundraising Event, CHS Yuma earns $2,500 in bonus dollars. Way to go, CHS Yuma! Click here to see the Cajun Boil & Mouse Race events in action:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/69100858@N07/sets/72157651245305006/.

Final 2015 H4H totals are still being tallied, but we expect to have final results and campaign winners yet this week. Stay tuned!

Posted March 30, 2015

CHS Kalispell Food Drive Fun Day

“On March 14th, we hosted a food drive fun day at our CHS Country Store in Kalispell, MT.

Our food mission this year was for our local Veteran’s Food Pantry, so we rallied some of our local Vets to come help. They BBQ’d our hotdogs and served the chili and the other food goodies we had provided. Some of our managers jumped in to a band and played some good music, and our main event was our Animal Kissing Booth. Our GM Mark Lalum, our Operations Manager Ken Sederdahl, and our Country Store Manager Bob Westin kissed the animals for food and money donations.

Our weather was a little gloomy, but the tent and heater served its purpose and that didn’t stop our local community form coming by. We served about 150 people, and in just 2 hours, raised 500# of food and around $400.

We were pleased with the turn-out and abundance of food we received.”

-Submitted by Dallas Heine, CHS Kalispell

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Posted March 24, 2015

CHS Larsen “Gets Pumped for H4H”

IMG_7662“On March 13, we had a very successful Get Pumped for Harvest for Hunger event at our three gas stations: New London Travel Plaza, Wild Rose C-store and Larsen Country Store. Our employees volunteered by serving food, selling baked goods, cooking food, and of course, pumping gas, washing windshields and serving people at the pumps. We received a lot of great comments from people that enjoyed the event and were glad to help a good cause. We also had many amazing desserts for the bake sale. From all three locations, we raised more than $3,000 between food, baked goods, and gas tip money.

The employee/division coin fundraising war was another good way to raise funds for Harvest for Hunger. From our six locations, New London Main Office, Center Valley, Readfield, Weyauwega, Larsen and Wild Rose, we raised $783.11.”

-Submitted by Anne Moore, CHS Larsen Cooperative

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Posted March 24, 2015

Update on 2015 totals

Today’s totals reflect $440,000 and 200,000 pounds of food collected to help hungry families throughout our communities. Great job, everyone!

Just a reminder:  The deadline for submitting data into Agris is March 25. Once everything has been entered, we will announce winners.

Posted March 23, 2015

St. Paddy’s Day FUN-Raiser

CHS Farmers Elevator in Circle, Montana, had a St. Patrick’s Day FUN-Raiser image1with a Silent Auction and Sloppy Joe dinner.  Total raised from the event was nearly $1,000.

Mark (Sparky) Dreesen, General Manager, dressed as a leprechaun to help serve beverages.  Mark is pictured  here with Jerry Wolf.

Submitted by Tim Miller and Justin McPherson, CHS Farmers Elevator, Circle, MT.
Posted March 23, 2015


P
artnerships Payoff

059During the 2015 Harvest 4 Hunger Campaign, CHS Connell Grain partnered with Quincy Foods LLC in Quincy, WA, who donated sixteen totes of frozen food totaling more than 20,000 pounds.

Pictured here are CHS employee Debbie Norris and Megan Lemons,  QA manager  for Quincy Foods LLC.

Submitted by Danielle Mathenia, CHS Connell Grain

March 20 leaderboard

It’s the final day of the 2015 Harvest 4 Hunger campaign and the totals so far are $322,000 and 91,000 pounds!  Reminder that the submission deadline for the Top Fundraising Event is next week Monday, March 23.

Here are the teams currently leading the way:

Dollars raised (locations under 50 employees)

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND
  3. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  4. CHS (Wausa)  – Wausa, NE
  5. CHS Lake Region – Devils Lake, ND

Pounds collected:  CHS Connell Grain – Connell, WA

Dollars raised (locations 50+ employees)

  1. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  2. New Horizons – Herman, MN
  3. Northern Plains – Gettysburg, SD
  4. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs/Quinter, KS
  5. CHS Agri Service Center – Holdrege, NE

Pounds collected:

  1. CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA
  2. CHS Farmers Elevator – Circle, MT

CHS Sun Basin Making News

CHS  Sun Basin was recently featured in a local tv station news story highlighting the CHS Harvest 4 Hunger Campaign benefitting Grant County Food Banks.  The Sun Basin team is doing a tremendous job of fighting hunger in their community and showing the impact of a company that cares.  Click here to watch.

Submitted by Deana Freeman, CHS Sun Basin

Posted March 20, 2015

March 19 leaderboard

Tomorrow is the final  day in the 2015 Harvest 4 Hunger campaign, so locations, please don’t forget to report all dollars and pounds.   Also, the submission deadline for the Top Fundraising Event is next week Monday, March 23.

Totals  so far are $295,000 and 91,000 pounds!

Dollars raised (locations under 50 employees)

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND
  3. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  4. CHS (Wausa)  – Wausa, NE
  5. CHS Lake Region – Devils Lake, ND

Pounds collected:  CHS Connell Grain – Connell, WA

Dollars raised (locations 50+ employees)

  1. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  2. New Horizons – Herman, MN
  3. Northern Plains – Gettysburg, SD
  4. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs/Quinter, KS
  5. CHS Agri Service Center – Holdrege, NE

Pounds collected:

  1. CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA
  2. CHS Farmers Elevator – Circle, MT

Moses Lake Marketing Office Bowling for Hunger

CHS Connell Grain – Moses Lake Marketing Office held their second annual Bowling for Hunger Tournament on Friday, March 13.  More than 60 people turned out for a great time to “Strike Out Hunger!”

With a Silent Auction and Pass the Hat game during the night, the event raised more than $4,200 and 190 pounds.

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Submitted by Danielle Mathenia,  CHS Connell Grain – Moses Lake

March 18 leaderboard

With only two days left in the 2015 Harvest 4 Hunger campaign, these locations are leading the way.

Dollars raised (locations under 50 employees)

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND
  3. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  4. CHS (Wausa)  – Wausa, NE
  5. CHS Lake Region – Devils Lake, ND

Pounds collected:  CHS Connell Grain – Connell, WA

Dollars raised (locations 50+ employees)

  1. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  2. New Horizons – Herman, MN
  3. Northern Plains – Gettysburg, SD
  4. CHS Agri Service Center – Holdrege, NE
  5. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs/Quinter, KS

Pounds collected:

  1. CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA
  2. CHS Farmers Elevator – Circle, MT

March 17 leaderboard

With only three days left in the campaign, the totals are rising and the leads are shifting.   Reminder that the submission deadline for the Top Fundraising Event is next week Monday, March 23.

Locations leading the way:

Dollars raised (locations under 50 employees)

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND
  3. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  4. CHS (Wausa)  – Wausa, NE
  5. CHS Lake Region – Devils Lake, ND

Pounds collected:  CHS Connell Grain – Connell, WA

Dollars raised (locations 50+ employees)

  1. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  2. New Horizons – Herman, MN
  3. Northern Plains – Gettysburg, SD
  4. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs/Quinter, KS
  5. CHS Agri Service Center – Holdrege, NE

Pounds collected:

  1. CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA
  2. CHS Farmers Elevator – Circle, MT

Garrison High School FFA Contributes

The Garrison High School FFA in Garrison, ND held their annual H4H AmazingFullSizeRender Race on March 16th, raising more than $1,000 dollars and 1,000 lbs to benefit the Harvest 4 Hunger campaign.

Dylan Stumvoll, GHS FFA President, presented a check to Deleene Wilcox of  CHS Garrison for the proceeds from the Pie in the Face fundraiser the FFA held to kick of the 2015 H4H Campaign.

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-Submitted by Deleene Wilcox, CHS Garrison

March 16 leaderboard

With four days left of the H4H campaign, the total donations are nearing $200,000 and more than 90,000 pounds.  Reminder that the submission deadline for the Top Fundraising Event is next week Monday, March 23.

Locations leading the way:

Dollars raised (locations under 50 employees)

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND
  3. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  4. CHS Lake Region – Devils Lake, ND

Pounds collected:  CHS Connell Grain – Connell, WA

Dollars raised (locations 50+ employees)

  1. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  2. New Horizons – Herman, MN
  3. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs/Quinter, KS
  4. CHS Agri Service Center – Holdrege, NE
  5. CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Pounds collected:

  1. CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA
  2. CHS Farmers Elevator – Circle, MT

March 12 leaderboard

With just one week to go before the close of the 2015 H4H campaign, totals have reached $128,000 and 71,000 pounds. Way to go, everyone!

Locations leading the way include:

Dollars raised (locations under 50 employees)

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS (Drayton, ND)
  3. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND
  4. CHS Lake Region – Devils Lake, ND

Pounds collected:  CHS Connell Grain – Connell, WA

Dollars raised (locations 50+ employees)

  1. New Horizons – Herman, MN
  2. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  3. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs/Quinter, KS
  4. Northern Plains – Gettysburg, SD

Pounds collected:  CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Posted March 12, 2015

CHS Yuma’s event rakes in $13,000!

yuma-lobster“We held our first of 3 Cajun Boil & Mouse Races last night! We had a sold-out crowd and served Cajun food to 400 people. Then we auctioned 15 mice, their new owners gave them a name and cheered them on as they raced.

There was some pretty entertaining names given to these mice. We had ‘Sparky’, ‘Elsa’, ‘How we gonna pay for this’, ‘Congo’ , ‘Barbie’, and more! It was a ton of fun for a great cause!

It was a huge success as we raised a total of $13,080! What an incredible honor to be a part of such a great program and such generous communities.”

-Submitted by Krysal Ballah, CHS Yuma

Click here for more photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/69100858@N07/sets/72157651245305006/

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Submitted March 12, 2015

CHS Drayton puts the “fun” in fundraising

toilet“One of our H4H fundraisers this year is the Pink Toilet Brigade. We have painted a toilet flourescent pink and have placed it at one person’s home. It stays in there yard until they make a donation to our H4H campaign. Once they do this, they get to choose whose yard it goes to next. So far, we have had a great response to this….the toilet has moved 21 times in 10 days. It has been a great way to get the community involved and have a little bit of fun.

-Submitted by Tina Weimer, CHS Drayton

Posted March 12, 2015

CHS Garrison H4H Weekend Recap

PieinFace“CHS Garrison had a Harvest for Hunger weekend at the Hometown Tavern in Garrison.

There was a fish fry on Friday and fleischkuekle on Saturday, as well as a raffle and dart tournament. A good time was had by all & no one there went away hungry!

The Garrison FFA Chapter kicked off the CHS Garrison Harvest for Hunger campaign with a good old fashioned pie in the face. Garrison High School Biology & Life Science teacher, Ms. Jennifer Noreen, had the “honor” of being the recipient of the pie, while GHS student Jayden Hanson seemed to really enjoy being the one throwing it!”

-Submitted by Deleene Wilcox, CHS Garrison

Posted March 9, 2015

CHS Eastern Farmers in the news

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BRANDON, SD – CHS Eastern Farmers has a tradition of fighting hunger, and this year’s Harvest for Hunger could be the biggest event yet.

Raising $30,000 to feed the hungry might seem daunting, but Tim Neuroth and his co-workers are up for the challenge.

“It’s fun to see the smile on people’s faces when they realize how much good they can do to help other people,” Neuroth said.

Click here to see the full story.

Posted March 9, 2015

Day Five Leaderboard

The 2015 H4H campaign is off to a strong start! Locations leading the way include:

1-50 employee category ranking

  1. CHS Garrison – Garrison, ND
  2. CHS (Drayton) – Drayton, ND
  3. CHS Dakota Prairie – Edgeley, ND

50+ employee category ranking

  1. M&M Cooperative – Yuma, CO
  2. Midwest Cooperatives – Pierre, SD
  3. United Plains Ag – Sharon Springs, KS

Food donations leader:  CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Posted March 5, 2015

CHS Primeland partners with University of Idaho

UofIdahoHS Primeland and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at University of Idaho are working together to fight hunger through the 2015 CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign.

During the week of March 9, CHS Primeland and CALS students will team up to raise food and funds for people in need and raise awareness about food insecurity in Idaho.

Well done, CHS Primeland!

Learn more at:  http://www.uidaho.edu/cals/about/newsletter#dean22415.

Have a Harvest for Hunger fundraising idea, photo or story you’d like to share on this site? Simply click the  “share your story” tab.

Posted March 4, 2015

Radio scripts & press release now posted

Thanks to everyone who joined today’s H4H captain call. As promised, the radio scripts and press release templates are now posted under the “captain resources” section of the site.

Thanks for all your hard work!

Posted March 3, 2015

Early March captain call

Note from 2015 H4H committee:  We know many of you are already knee-deep in plans for this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. Thanks, in advance, for everything you’re doing to help ensure another successful campaign!

We’d like to schedule a “Team Captain” conference call in early March to review available resources and help answer any questions you and your team might have as the campaign gets underway.   Until then, here are a few reminders:

  • Continue checking this site for marketing materials and campaign guidelines.  Additional resources are posted as we receive requests.
  • “Best Fundraising Event” form is now posted under the Captain Resources section of this site.  (Winner receives $2,500 bonus dollars!)
  • Agris instructions have been posted under Captain Resources. Please share with your business unit controller/bookkeeper.
  • Don’t forget to contact your local food banks/shelves for regional statistics, additional marketing ideas, logistics for food donations, etc.

Thanks for all your hard work! We look forward to the captain call in early March.

-2015 H4H Committee

Posted Feb. 24, 2015

H4H marketing materials now posted!

In just over two weeks, the 2015 CHS H4H campaign will officially be underway! As your campaign gets rolling, be sure to check this site for captain materials, important dates and other campaign information.

  • Visit the About section of this site for key campaign information.
  • Click on Captain Resources to download posters and other marketing materials.

Posted Feb. 11, 2015

2015 Guidelines Now Posted!

Ready to begin planning your H4H campaign? Visit the About section of this site for key dates, campaign details, fundraising ideas and more!

Stay tuned for more information on captain resources, which will be posted by early February.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Stay tuned for 2015 H4H information!

The H4H committee is in the process of updating H4H program guidelines and captain information. All 2015 information will be posted in early February.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to get started:

  1. Set a fundraising goal for the 2015 campaign.
  2. Assign a business unit team captain.
  3. Designate a regional food bank that will receive donations collected at your business unit.
  4. Return the participation commitment form by Feb. 6.