As part of October's National Co-op Month, and in collaboration with the Kansas Cooperative Council, we invite all our credit unions to look for ways to help feed hungry people in your communities.
In days gone by, communities would welcome new residents or shower newlyweds with a "pounding." Staple products were sold in bulk, often by the pound, and families in the area would bring a pound of this or a pound of that to help stock the pantry of their friends. We want to capture that same sense of community and help "pound out hunger" in our own home towns.
Participating is simple. Just take any collected items or cash to your local food bank or charity. We encourage you to be creative in your efforts. Be a leader in your community and support local charities right in your own backyard. Some ideas to get you started:
Ask staff, volunteers and even your members to participate.
Challenge a neighboring credit union to see which can produce the greatest donation.
Conduct a canned food drive or a cash fundraiser.
Have a contest to see which member/employee brings in the most "pounds."
Collaborate with another cooperative in your community and make it a Co-op team effort.
Please keep track of the quantity of food (by case, can/box or pound) or cash donations raised through your "pounding out hunger" activities. We will collect those totals at the end of October and recognize the statewide impact of our efforts.
KCC Board, staff and representatives from Flint Hills Breadbasket
surround a portion of the 443 pounds of food donated at the Sept. 9 KCC
Board meeting held in Manhattan.
During the month, send photos of your collections, information about your event or any other details to Susan Dyer,
(800) 362-2076, ext. 3047. Be sure and post on your social media
accounts too, and we will try and highlight what our Kansas credit
unions are doing through our social networks as well.
"Pound Out Hunger" isn't just limited to financial cooperatives. All
cooperatives throughout the state, in all sectors, can participate. What
an impact all of us will make in Kansas!
As a Co-op Month kick-off event, the Kansas Cooperative Council board
challenged each other to bring at least one case of shelf-stable food to
their September board meeting in Manhattan.
The Board far exceeded its goal, and 443 pounds of canned and boxed goods were donated to the Flint Hills Breadbasket, part to the Harvesters Community Food Network.
The Boards' generous contribution will be used to feed hungry people in the Manhattan/Riley County area.
KCUA's President/CEO Marla Marsh sits on the Kansas Cooperative Council board representing credit unions and KCUA pays for each affiliated credit union's membership in the Council each year.
Together, we can help share the message of cooperatives' concern for their community as we help pound out the hunger around us.