Harvest for Hunger kicks off March 1

We are in the business of feeding the world, which is why our annual Harvest for Hunger campaign is an important part of what we do through CHS Country Operations. Though these rural communities are growing the crops that are feeding a hungry world, that doesn’t mean there isn’t hunger right here — the family next door, the neighbor down the street. We may not know who in our communities are going hungry, but through our Harvest for Hunger campaign, we are helping local and regional food shelves feed those people in need.

Our March campaign is just around the corner, and I know many of you are already planning your campaigns. Though I am new to CHS Country Operations, I have heard great things about the Harvest for Hunger campaign, and have been impressed by your hard work and dedication. Since 2011, CHS Country Operations business units have raised more than $4.7 million and 3.4 million pounds of food to fight hunger through Harvest for Hunger. That is a wonderful act of stewardship serving the communities where we work while helping families put food on their tables.

I hope you will again consider participating in this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. Through this campaign, we are doing our part to help those in our communities who don’t have enough food to feed their families every day.

Now is the time to appoint a team captain and set a business unit goal. Attached is the business unit commitment form. The 2018 program guidelines and additional information can be found at chsh4h.com.

This campaign is a great way to raise food and funds but it’s also a great-team building event. Over the years, CHS Country Operations business units have had a lot of fun. I hope you will continue those fun traditions this year. Let’s also set a goal to get all of our employees involved in this year’s campaign.

Remember to complete and return commitment form to Amanda Felt, by Friday, February 9.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the H4H committee members listed below:

  • Terry Herzig, Chair
  • Tera Fair – website and communications
  • Jane Magnuson – W-9 forms, food shelf checks
  • Jennifer Chick – communications
  • Terry Osburn – Agris
  • Carol Maurer- Agris
  • Amanda Felt – general questions, commitment forms, bonus contribution forms, event entry forms, receipt requests

Thank you for your support,

Rick

Updated 2.18.18

Press Releases now available

Now that the Harvest for Hunger campaign is complete, it’s time to promote your location’s efforts to the community!  Harvest for Hunger press releases are now available on the Captain’s Resources page.  A customizable or overall option is available.

Congratulations on a successful campaign!

Posted May 1, 2017

Raising more than $725,000 and 610,000 pounds of food 

With 40 CHS Country Operations business units participating, this year’s CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign will give more than $725,000 and more than 610,000 pounds of food to local charities to feed hungry families. Once again, Country Ops locations rallied together to organize fun, community-building events. There were fish fries and Cajun boils, bowling, pie-throwing and goat kissing. Families got into the fun with one granddaughter throwing pies at her grandpa and another dad making a large donation to ensure his son got the privilege of kissing a goat. All of these events raised money for a great cause, but also brought communities together.

It’s inspiring to see how employees are personally getting involved in this annual campaign. We are developing solid connections with communities and creating memories that are shared for years to come.  Although our locations are scattered across the United States, we are all working together toward the common goal of fighting hunger.

Though Country Ops locations working together towards a common goal, there was some healthy competition going on to see who the top fundraisers would be. Here’s the results.

Top CHS Harvest for Hunger business units for 2017 combining food, funds and grain donations:

Locations 50+ employees

  1. CHS Sun Basin (Quincy, Wash.)
  2. CHS United Plains Ag & CHS (Quinter) (Sharon Springs & Quinter, Kan.)

Locations under 50 employees

  1. CHS Connell Grain (Connell, Wash.)
  2. CHS Garrison, Garrison, N.D.

The top fundraising event is …

Cajun boil and mouse races in Holyoke, Colo., through CHS Grainland (Holyoke), CHS (Yuma) and CHS (Yuma AIP). Employees dumped crab legs, shrimp, mussels, sausage, potatoes and corn down the center of paper-lined tables where eager community members were waiting to dig in. Mouse races followed with everyone cheering on their favorite mouse. Even though the event was postponed due to a large fire near the event building, there was still a great turnout as the community gathered for fun after a stressful time of raging fires.

Every year brings more excitement and participation. The CHS Country Operations Harvest for Hunger Campaign is a great example of our commitment to our communities. Thank you!

Lynden


Final days:contributions continue to climb

The contributions continue to trickle in as the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign is officially over! Together you’ve raised more than $280,000 and 494,000 pounds of food.  Don’t forget to get your location’s totals entered before Friday.

The current leaders are:

1-50 employee ranking
1.CHS Connell Grain-  Connell, WA
2. CHS Garrison- Garrison, ND
3. CHS Wausa – Wausa, NE

50+ employee ranking
1. CHS Northern Plains- Gettysburg, SD
2.CHS Yuma, Grainland and Yuma AIP- Yuma, CO
3.CHS Eastern Farmers/CHS Nutrition Sioux Falls & Corson- SD

Food Donations leader: CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Posted March 21, 2017
Final days: get your totals in soon! 

It’s the official last day of the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign, but totals can be entered into Agris until Friday. So far, you’ve raised more than $208,000 and 405,000 pounds of food for hungry families in need.

Locations leading the way include:

1-50 employee ranking
1. CHS Garrison- Garrison, ND
2. CHS Connell Grain-  Connell, WA
3. CHS Canada

50+ employee ranking
1. CHS Northern Plains- Gettysburg, SD
2.CHS Yuma, Grainland and Yuma AIP- Yuma, CO
3.CHS United Plains Ag/CHS Quinter- Sharon Springs, KS

Food Donations leader: CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

 

Stay tuned tomorrow for more examples of how locations have included their communities in the fund raising efforts!

Posted March 20, 2017 

In the home stretch
CHS Harvest for Hunger drive wraps up soon

It’s the final weekend of the CHS Harvest for Hunger food, grain and funds drive. Looks like people are having fun and fighting hunger one dollar at a time.

With just a few days left, CHS Country Operations locations have raised 404,290 pounds of food and almost $177,000. You’ve put in a great amount of effort so far, and it’s inspiring to see the results.

See below for what’s been happening at a few locations.

1-50 employee ranking
1. CHS Garrison- Garrison, ND
2. CHS Connell Grain-  Connell, WA
3.  CHS Drayton- Drayton, ND

50+ employee ranking
1. CHS Northern Plains- Gettysburg, SD
2.CHS Yuma, Grainland and Yuma AIP- Yuma, CO
3.CHS United Plains Ag/CHS Quinter- Sharon Springs, KS

Food Donations leader: CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Keep sharing those pictures and event information with us. You can send yours directly to Tera Fair or Jennifer Chick. These pictures help us tell the story of CHS Harvest for Hunger.

The March 20 deadline is fast approaching so let’s make these last few days our biggest yet.

Terry Herzig
CHS Harvest for Hunger chair

Posted March 17, 2017

H4H Location Activity Update

With just a few days left in the 2017 campaign, Country Operations locations are busy hosting events to engage their local communities in the Harvest for Hunger efforts.

At CHS Cut Bank in  Cut Bank, Mont., employees hosted a Bowling event. Bowlers were treated to two games of bowling, a sloppy joe meal and a door prize drawing in exchange for a donation to Harvest for Hunger.  Cut Bank is also running a raffle for other items such as a TV, bookshelf and Whitefish Lake Lodge stay.  Local elementary school classes are collecting food and competing for a pizza party.

The Holoyoke, Colo., community came together to support the annual CHS Yuma Cajun Boil and Mouse Race. CHS Yuma will host three more events to complete their fundraising efforts.

 

 CHS Farmers Elevator in Miles City, Mont., hosted a Pancake Supper for their local community.  A group of employees were responsible for preparing a large spread of pancakes, sausage and eggs for hungry community members.

Posted March 16, 2017

H4H Campaign Update 

With just five days left in the Harvest for Hunger campaign, more than $132,000 and 352,000 pounds of food have been raised.  Country Operations locations  leading the way include:

1-50 employee ranking
1. CHS Garrison- Garrison, ND
2. CHS Connell Grain-  Connell, WA
3. CHS Dakota Prairie/CHS Nutrition Edgeley – Edgeley, ND

50+ employee ranking
1. CHS Northern Plains- Gettysburg, SD
2. CHS United Plains Ag/CHS Quinter- Sharon Springs, KS
3. CHS Sun Basin- Quincy, WA

Food Donations leader: CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Email Tera Fair to share your story about the fun fundraising events your location is hosting to raise money for Harvest for Hunger.

Posted March 15, 2017 

H4H:Putting the FUN in fundraising 

Locations from across the CHS trade area have gotten into the giving spirit by hosting fun events to raise money for Harvest for Hunger.

CHS Dakota Plains Ag Valley City, N.D.  employee Lisa Hanson, her husband Shawn ,and friends participated in the North Dakota Wintershow’s 3rd annual Ranch Rodeo. The ranch rodeo is a simulation of livestock tasks completed on a farm/ranch. The ranchers won second place and donated their winnings to CHS Harvest for Hunger. The team was sponsored by a group of Valley City customers calling themselves the Cenex coffee crew.

In Garrison, N.D., CHS Garrison hosted a Harvest for Hunger weekend at The Hometown Tavern, complete with fish fry, pinochle tournament and sloppy joe feed.  They also hosted their 7th Annual Simulator Golf Tournament.

Has your location hosted an event?  Share your stories and photos with us by submitting through the Share Your Story page on the H4H website or email Tera Fair.

Updated March 14, 2017 

Harvest for Hunger drive going strong

We’re a little over halfway through the 2017 CHS Harvest for Hunger food, grain and funds drive. Communities are coming together. Employees are having fun. We’re fighting hunger together and it’s a great feeling.

So far, 10 days in, CHS Country Operations locations have raised 177,590 pounds of food and more than $63,000. That’s the equivalent of $93,019 raised so far. We’re going strong with many fundraisers, events and dinners planned for the next 10 days.

In Yuma, Colo., controller Krystall Ballah’s young daughter has started a cookie business, and she has partnered with the H4H campaign there to raise money for the Food Bank of the Rockies.

At CHS Larsen Cooperative, New London, Wisc., employees Matt McHugh and Tony Pudlo are sharing their expertise in predator calling and fly rod refurbishing as part of an online silent auction. Learn more about their online silent auction here.

 

Posted March 13, 2017

CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign off to a great start

With the CHS Harvest for Hunger campaign just one week in, the campaign is off to a strong start. So far Country Operations locations have come together to raise more than $43,000 and 123,000 pounds of food for hungry families in need.

CHS locations leading the way include:

1-50 employee ranking
1. CHS United Plains Ag- Sharon Springs, KS
2. CHS Drayton- Drayton, ND
3. CHS Wausa – Wausa, NE

50+ employee ranking
1. CHS Northern Plains- Gettysburg, SD
2. CHS Primeland – Lewiston, ID
3. CHS Holdrege- Holdrege, NE

Food Donations leader: CHS Sun Basin – Quincy, WA

Email Tera Fair to share your story about the fun fundraising events your location is hosting to raise money for Harvest for Hunger.

Posted March 8, 2017

Harvest for Hunger campaign kicks off tomorrow
The 2017 Harvest for Hunger campaign kicks off tomorrow! Is your location planning a fun event? Send updates to Tera Fair for posting on the Harvest for Hunger website.

Updated 2/28/17

2017 Captain Resources now available

The 2017 Harvest for Hunger campaign is just around the corner. As you begin planning your campaigns, check out the Captain Resources page.  The 2017 guidelines and other helpful forms are now available. In addition, the list of the 2017 print materials has been updated.

Updated 1/27/17

Fighting hunger in our communities 

With January almost behind us, the CHS Country Operations annual Harvest for Hunger campaign, which begins in March, is coming up quickly. I am sure many of you are already brainstorming ideas. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our employees, since 2011 we have raised more than $4 million dollars and 2.7 million pounds of food to fight hunger through Harvest for Hunger. We are making a significant difference in the communities where we live and work, helping families across the country to put food on their tables.

Once again, I want to encourage all of you to participate in this year’s Harvest for Hunger campaign. Fighting hunger goes hand in hand with what our owners do every day, raising crops and livestock to feed the world.

Now is the time to appoint a team captain and set a business unit goal. The  business unit participation form can be found under Captain’s Resources. The 2017 program guidelines and additional information can also be found on this site.

Not only do I encourage you to participate, but let’s have fun with this campaign. I’ve seen laughing employees kissing pigs and good-natured managers taking a pie in the face, all in the name of fun and raising money for a good cause. Harvest for Hunger is a way for our business units and communities to come together to celebrate with each other. Make it fun. Let’s get all employees involved in this year’s campaign.

Remember to complete and return your participation form to Amanda Felt by Monday, February 6.  If you have any questions, please contact one of the H4H committee members listed below:

  • Terry Herzig, Chair
  • Tera Fair
  • Amanda Felt
  • Jane Magnuson
  • Jennifer Chick
  • Terry Osburn

Thank you for your support,

Lynden Johnson