AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Mrs. Didama Star Stater recently attended High Plains Food Bank's Hunger Action Month kick-off and heard two things that stood out in her mind – the fact that the food bank was experiencing a shortfall in donations, and as a result, was operating 13 safe community Kids Cafe program sites, a decrease in 5 sites since the 2015–2016 school year.
In her words, "When we have to stop serving meals to kids, that's unacceptable."
Cargill has partnered with High Plains Food Bank since 2014, and since that time, has donated over $15,000 to help The Garden, warehouse, and Kids Cafe program impact the community for lasting change. Cargill employees have also volunteered over 250 hours at the food bank and in The Garden during their partnership.
Knowing the importance of the meals provided each weekday to at-risk children through Kids Cafe, Cargill's Amarillo food security and nutrition committee began shifting the current budget to make a significant year-end contribution. Cargill executives, including Mrs. Stater, will present a check to High Plains Food Bank on Monday, October 17 (World Food Day) at 9:30am in the food bank warehouse at 815 Ross Street in Amarillo.
Charitable giving is an important part of Cargill's overall commitment to being a leader in corporate responsibility. Cargill employees recognize that their continued success depends on the growth and health of the communities where they live and work.
In fiscal 2015, the company gave nearly $58 million across 57 nations to support programs that provide long-term solutions, engage their employees and leverage their expertise, and provide opportunities to collaborate with others. Their goal is to give both responsibly and strategically, aligning our giving with our business objectives.
The High Plains Food Bank is a charitable food and nutrition education centered organization that distributes food to over 173 non-profit agencies throughout 29 counties of the Texas Panhandle. In 2015, the food bank distributed over 7.2 million pounds of food (of which over 2 million pounds was fresh produce).