Results from the 2018 Food Drive
Nichol Arndorfer, Central Feed Order Coordinator & Food Drive Coordinator
All American Co-op’s 2018 Food Drive had another successful year. Our company collected a total of 131 lbs of non-perishable goods, which were dropped off at the Plainview-Elgin Food Shelf in Elgin and the Wykoff Food Shelf at St. John’s in Wykoff. A total of $2,158 was collected from producers and employees. The Board of Directors was generous and agreed to match up to $2,000 again. Therefore, All American was able to donate a total of $4,158. As we have in the past, we applied for a matching funds grant through Land O Lakes. We were fortunate enough to get approved, and received a check for $4,050 from The Land O’ Lakes Foundation. This makes our grand total donated to Channel One $8,208.
I would like to thank everyone who donated. Every little bit helps someone in need. I find it amazing that for every dollar we collect, Channel One can get enough food for at least 4 meals.
I am looking for suggestions for the 2019 Food Drive. What can we do to get more people involved? Does fall seem to be the best time? Is there something we can add to it? Please stop in, call or e-mail me with any thoughts you may have.
All American Co-op uses Matching Funds from CoBank for Elgin Fire Department Donation
Excerpts from the Plainview News, Thursday, December 27, 2018
All American Co-op and CoBank made a $3900 donation to the Elgin Fire Department to cover the entire cost of a Grain Bin Rescue Device and auger. These tools would allow the Elgin Fire Department to act quickly in the event of an extrication from a grain bin. With so many farms in the Elgin area, along with the grain elevator located in Elgin, it made sense to All American Co-op and CoBank to offer such a donation. The Elgin Fire Department and First Responders units would be called to a local farm or the grain elevator to attempt such a rescue. With the necessary equipment, they are ensuring the safety of area farmers as well as EMS responders. The Elgin Fire Department held a training in December to familiarize themselves with the tool.