Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
With the help of the community and its employees, Bingham Coop presented a check for $14,100 to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) on Wednesday. From the left are Jeff Nii, Bingham Coop marketing director; Denise Smith; Bobette Beesley, director of SEICCA; Mike Jensen, Bingham Coop general manager; Jodie Hackworth and Daryn Brasher.
With the help of its patrons, employees and members of the community, Bingham Co-op presented a check for $14,100 and boxes of food to the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) Wednesday.
"Even though it wasn't a great year, with help from the community we increased our giving," said Bingham Coop marketing director Jeff Nii.
The total amount of funds given to SEICAA increased by over $1,000 from last year.
"People came by and dropped off money or food," he said. "Our employees also were very involved."
For every employee who contributed to the Harvest for Hunger, CHS Country Operations gave $100 to the local food drive.
"What's nice about this food drive is all the money and food raised stays here in the community," said Nii.
"It was really a group effort," he said.
Co-ops in Bingham, Bannock, Power and Bonneville counties participated.
Bobette Beesley was delighted to receive these funds.
"There's a lot of needy people out there," she said.
"Some of them have humoungus power bills and they wonder, 'do I pay for food or the utility bill?'" Beesley said.
Last year, some of the funds were used to purchase a new refrigerator, she said.
"This year, we need some tables; mine are shot," said Beesley.
Nationwide, CHS Harvest for Hunger raised more than 3.2 million meals, an increase in contributions of 30 percent over 2012. This food drive takes place in March each year.
This is the second year Bingham Coop has participated in the CHS Harvest for Hunger.