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Pam Beus, executive director of Bingham County's Senior Citizen Center, was pleased to accept a $2,000 donation from Greg Rose, vice president and branch manager of Idaho AgCredit in Blackfoot on Tuesday.
The funding comes from a charitable program called "Sharing Success" started by CoBank, the bank that funds Idaho AgCredit's loans, and is a part of a $1 million campaign donating to "Feeding America," the nation's leading hunger relief charity.
Rose said that CoBank offered to match any contribution that AgCredit made (up to $5,000) to any food banks or charitable organizations of their choice. Idaho AgCredit donated $5,000, enabling them to donate $2,000 to the senior citizen centers in Blackfoot, Mackay, Aberdeen, Buhl and Ashton. They are the facilities that provide "Meal On Wheels" to their communities.
Rose cited last year's drought that affected much of the country as one of the reasons why CoBank decided to take on the campaign.
"The drought contributed to the high cost of food, making it tough for a lot of people and stressing the nation's food banks," he said.
Beus said that she is grateful for the money and that it will greatly help the "Meals On Wheels" program that serves Bingham County.
"Because of the high cost of food and gas and the recent changes in Medicaid, our "Meals On Wheels" program has really been struggling," she said. "It seems the people that need help the most are going without."
Beus added that the Senior Center, at 20 E. Pacific St. in Blackfoot, is also the new home of the food pantry provided by the Idaho Food Bank in cooperation with the Bingham County Senior Citizen Center and the Community Dinner Table Inc.
Rose said he believes that CoBank and Idaho AgCredit will continue with the "Sharing Success" program in years to come.