Cargill makes major donation to County Food Pantry

Jordan Rasmussen, l., presents the $10,000 check from Cargill Cares to Lynn Bygland, director of the Boone County Food Pantry.
A major donation of $10,000 was recently made by Cargill to benefit the Boone County Food Pantry.
The check was presented Wednesday, April 29, by Jordan Rasmussen, who represents the Albion Cargill location on the Cargill Cares committee.
“Cargill Cares is a committee that focuses on giving back, in both time and money, in the communities we live and serve in,” said Jordan. “Our regional committee focuses on our grain elevator locations throughout the states of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota.”
April is the end of the committee’s fiscal year, and committee members decided to put their current donation requests on hold. Instead, the committee decided to use the remaining funds in its budget to donate to the food pantries in the 16 communities served by Cargill elevators.
“We have 16 grain elevators across the four states, and we were able to donate $2,500 from our regional committee to the food pantries,” said Jordan. “We also have the ability to apply for matching funds through our corporate Cargill Cares Committee. However, it’s typically a $5,000 minimum to apply for matching funds.”
Given the present environment with COVID-19, that minimum was dropped to $2,500 “which worked out phenomenally well for us as that’s what we were able to donate (to each of the 16 pantries) with the remaining funds in our budget,” she said.
The corporate committee normally provides 50 to 100 percent matching funds. However, this time they quadrupled the donation request and “we were able to make a total donation of $10,000 to each food pantry.”