CFS Foundation Presents a $1000 to the Blooming Prairie Backpack Food Program

Jun 09, 2021

Blooming Prairie, Minn., June 3, 2021 — The CFS Foundation approved grant funds to be distributed to 15 backpack food programs within their service and trade area. In addition, the CFS funds are being matched by the Land O’Lakes Foundation. The purpose of the grant money is to help children with food insecurities.


“Giving back to our communities is one of our five cooperative principles,” said CEO, Merlyn Kruger. “Contributions such as this are an investment in the future of our rural communities.”


Each program advisor was asked to fill out an application sharing with us how the funds are used and how many families they serve and how our donation would benefit their program.


This program provides hunger relief when access to food may not otherwise be possible. These funds will be used to feed approximately 50 students in the Blooming Prairie school district in grades pre-k through 8th grade for one month.


“Backpack programs play an important role in helping students with food insecurities. Programs like this allow us to help feed children close to home. states Kruger”


CFS representatives Ken Wangen, CFS Board Director, Marvin Spindler, CFS Board Director, Courtney Gilliland, CFS Agronomist, Ryan Prestegard, CFS Location Manager, Kalyn Naatz, Precision Data Specialist were on hand to present Karen Peterson, Coordinator with a check for $500 and matching funds from Land O’Lakes Foundation of $500 for a total of $1,000.


* Pictured from L to R: Ken Wangen, CFS Board Director, Ryan Prestegard, CFS Location Manager, Courtney Gilliland, CFS Agronomist, Marvin Spindler, CFS Board Director, Kalyn Naatz, CAGS Precision Data Specialist, and Karen Peterson, Backpack Program Coordinator.

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