More than 9,000 meals are headed to families in need thanks to the volunteer efforts of 16 CHS Elburn employees. With locations spread out in north central Illinois and south central Wisconsin, CHS Elburn serves farmer owners as a full-service supplier of agronomy, feed, seed, energy and grain services.
After becoming part of CHS in March 2016, employees were excited to participate in CHS Days of Service for the first time. Two volunteer groups used their hours to pack and sort at Northern Illinois Food Bank, a non-profit organization that provides food to 800 community food pantries in more than 13 northern Illinois counties.
“Employees were amazed by the number of families in need we could help in four-hour shifts,” says Stephanie Hess, CHS Elburn communications specialist. “The event gave employees the opportunity to engage in team building exercises when dividing tasks for efficiency sorting food donations.”
CHS Elburn used their hours in conjunction with Hunger Action Month in September. Developed by Feeding America, the nationwide initiative encourages the public to join the movement to help solve hunger. CHS Elburn employees contributed a total of 65 hours packing nearly 11,000 pounds of food.
“I love that CHS give us the opportunity to volunteer as a team,” says Stefani Horne, CHS Elburn office coordinator. “It was great to get together in a different environment knowing what we were doing was going to help local families in need.”
As a part of CHS Days of Service, eligible full-time employees receive 16 hours of paid time off to volunteer. The hours allow employees to pursue their individual volunteer passions plus volunteer with fellow employees.