ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — More than two million meals are headed for hungry families thanks to the first ever CHS Harvest for Hunger food and funds drive by the country operations division of CHS Inc., the company announced on April 8.

“CHS Harvest for Hunger generated great participation and really harnessed the power of CHS Country Operations to make a difference in the fight against hunger,” said John McEnroe, senior vice-president, CHS country operations. “In only 18 days, CHS employees, customers and partners worked together to collect 314,162 pounds of food and $247,935 in cash and grain. That’s double our original one million meal goal and powerful proof of how much the country cares about helping others in need.

“In addition, for every donation made to CHS Harvest for Hunger, CHS Country Operations is making a local contribution back to the communities. These matching donations will be reinvested back into a local cause to help nearby friends and neighbors. It’s yet another example of the fact that CHS values being responsible stewards in its communities, a tradition it has built for 80 years.”

CHS Harvest for Hunger was held March 1-18 at most of the CHS country operations retail locations. Donations collected went to Feeding America’s network of regional food banks. Fundraising activities varied at each location and included such events as serving a pancake breakfast, hosting a taco salad day and providing grocery-bagging services.