FRIONA, TX (KFDA) - Hi Pro Feeds and Nutra Blend hosted their 2nd Annual Drive to Feed Kids fundraising event on Saturday, April 16, which raised nearly $60,000 for the Snack Pak 4 Kids program based in Amarillo. The event was held at the Country Rose near the community of Summerfield outside of Friona.
The event featured a dinner as well as silent and live auctions to help raise additional funds. Nearly 300 individuals attended the event representing local business, farming, ranching, dairy, cattle feeding,public schools, agriculture industry partners and community members.
The event's featured speaker was Shiloh Stanley of Amarillo. Stanley shared her story of experiencing hunger as a child and the profound impact it had on her life. She explained to attendees that hunger doesn't have only one face and that you may never know that a particular child was struggling with hunger. She encouraged attendees to continue giving to Snack Pak 4 Kids, because through this program, they are changing lives.
Of the funds raised at the event, 100% will be donated to purchase food or support the protein needs for the Snack Pak 4 Kids program in Parmer County. The agricultural communities have had a large hand in increasing the amount of protein that is provided to each student in the program through including shelf-stable milk and beef sticks on a weekly basis.
"Hi Pro Feeds is made up of people with really big hearts that want to make a difference," said Varla Wilcox. "Children are our future, and in today's fast-paced world, people have forgotten or have never known how important agriculture is. Our agriculture communities are the ones that put food on our tables and are the first ones to lend a hand to those in need. I'm very proud to be a farmer's daughter."
"Drive to Feed Kids was created as an extension of Nutra Blend and its vendor's efforts to educate the public about agriculture and how we feed a growing world through the Chew on This program," said Heath Williamson. "We turned education into action through feeding food insecure children by helping raise funds for our customers' local weekend backpack programs, thus creating the Drive to Feed Kids program. We believe that no child should face food insecurity, and as those involved in the agriculture industry, it is our duty and privilege to feed the world."