Nearly $9,000 raised for backpack program

 Fundraising efforts through the Drive to Feed Kids initiative raised nearly $9,000 for the Clay Central Everly FFA MavPack Weekend Food Backpack Program. 

The fundraising event was held last month at the Clay Central Everly elementary school gym in Royal, and featured a free meal, music, games and face painting for kids, and a raffle.

Every cent raised from this fundraiser and raffle will go the CCE FFA MavPack Backpack program, which provides weekend food for kids in need for students in preschool-high school in the Clay Central Everly School District.

Ag Partners made a commitment to lead a local fund-raising effort as part of a national initiative spearheaded by Nutra Blend. The Drive to Feed Kids is a collaboration between Nutra Blend and partners in the feed industry to increase awareness about childhood hunger and to raise money to feed children in need.

“We are very thankful for the generous support of the communities of Royal and Everly in helping us raise funds for this program,” said MavPack Coordinator Betsy Schoelerman.

The MavPack program was started in 2013 by the Clay Central Everly FFA chapter, who continues to do the food purchasing, menu planning, and packing for the program every week.

In Clay County, 19 percent of children are food insecure, or nearly 720 children who don’t get enough food to eat. Often, children at risk of hunger get their best and most nutritious meal at school, but may not get a good meal over the weekend.

 “Supporting the communities we serve and helping to combat hunger is very important to us as a company,” said Scott Lovin, VP of Feed for Ag Partners. “We are very pleased with the number of children who will be able to have weekend meals during the school year, thanks to the generous support of our vendors and community members.”

Additional ongoing funds will be needed to support this project long term. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering to pack the food should contact Betsy Schoelerman, Clay Central Everly FFA advisor.

Ag Partners would also like to thank everyone who came to show their support or who donated to the fundraiser, including:

Nutra Blend

Haggy’s

Zoetis

CJ America

Evonik

ILC Resources

Elanco

Form A Feed

Alltech

Consumers Lumber

Fareway

Clay County Farm Bureau

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