2022 Cram the Van smashes annual record, raising 54,599 pounds of food for dozen local food banks including 19,267 pounds for Great Bend

Wheatland Electric’s annual Cram the Van food drive broke previous collection records, raising a total of £54,599 for 12 local food banks, according to sponsors.

This includes 19,267 pounds of food for the Burton County Community Food Bank ($1 donation = 1 pound of food).

Most of this year’s donations at Great Bend came from the efforts of 10 local schools who took part in a friendly food drive contest held in October that raised a record-breaking £15,280.

Students from the top four participating schools (Jefferson Elementary, Central Kansas Christian Academy, Golden Belt Home Educators, and Lincoln Elementary) received a $1,500 cash prize from a local foundation, Gifting Forward, for their collecting efforts. .

In addition to school contests, additional can and cash donations were collected from Great Bend Alive Finals Friday, September 30, local offices, and monetary donations made online.

All cash and can donations were delivered by Wheatland employees and trustees just before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Earlier this fall, Wheatland set out to “Think BIG!” And this year he will make Cram the Van the biggest, brightest, best year yet. This year’s collection was just over 27 tonnes, an 18% increase over last year’s collection (44,576 pounds).

This brings the nine-year food drive total to 226,908 pounds, or just over 113 tons of food. In his first year of 2014, the food drive raised him 6,615 pounds of food.

This year’s “Think BIG!” campaign consisted of 10 direct donation events across our service areas from September to November.

During this time, Wheatland employees traveled hundreds of miles in big red vans to collect cash and can donations at local events. There, co-op employees and other volunteers grilled hamburgers and hot dogs as a way to show their appreciation to co-op members.

Other communities

The Co-op will also coordinate additional friendly school competitions in three other local school districts (Holcombe US$363, Scott County US$466 and Conway Springs US$356), raising thousands of additional pounds across these communities. Helped me get food. Winners of these additional school competitions received cash prizes from Wheatland Electric for their efforts.

In addition to in-person events, school conventions and online donation campaigns, additional funds were raised through the 4th Annual Co-ops Care Charity Golf Tournament held last September.

Proceeds from an annual charity event that serves as the kickoff for Cram the Van each fall, thanks to the generosity of the complete tournament of golfers, vendors, sponsors and other supporters (including co-op employees and volunteers) has raised $20,000.

Thanks to our cooperative members, sponsors, schools, communities, volunteers and other partners, Wheatland donated non-perishable groceries and cash to additional food banks just before the Thanksgiving holiday (1 dollar donation = 1 pound of food). :

Union of Ministers, City of Scott – £4,645.

United Methodist Food Pantry and Caldwell Food Bank, Caldwell – £2,775.

Conway Springs Mission Mart (Cardinals Care), Conway Springs – £3,489.

Emmaus House and Genesis Family Health, County Finney – £3,577.

Harper Mission Mart, Harper – £2,591.

Horns for Hope c/o USD 363, Holcomb – £6,753.

Wichita County Food Bank, Leoty – £3,833.

Hamilton County Food Pantry, Syracuse – £3,354.

Greeley County Food Bank, Tribune – £4,315.

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