Dakota Plains Cooperative will be distributed more than $53,000 in goodwill this holiday season to nonprofit organizations in their trade territory through matching funds from the Land O'Lakes Foundation. This is the fourth year the cooperative, which provides services in 10 counties in southeastern North Dakota, has contributed to community causes.
"We want to be good stewards in the communities we serve," says General Manager Ken Astrup, "so every year we take a look at organizations that have a common footprint throughout our trade area."
Organizations that will receive funding include: United Way of Barnes County, Salvation Army, Valley City Area 8 Special Olympics, Jefferson Elementary School, ND FFA Foundation, American Red Cross – Dakotas Region, Farm Rescue, and Great Plains Food Bank.
"What's special about the Great Plains Food Bank is they will notify food pantries in each of the 10 counties we serve that there is a $1,000 credit for them to access at the food bank because of our donation," says Astrup. "It's a great way to ensure that donation dollars reach everyone in our trade area."Source: ND Farmers Union