2021 Cram the Van Food Drive Continues Record-Breaking Streak, Raising Nearly 45,000 Pounds of Food
At the beginning of this year’s Cram the Van season in September, we were optimistic when we said “Yes, WE Can!” about our annual food drive. Thanks to the generosity of our member communities, local schools, employees and trustees, and many volunteers, we can confidently say, “Yes, WE Did!”
That’s because our 2021 Cram the Van food drive collected more food for local food banks than we’ve ever collected before, raising a whopping of 44,576 pounds!
This year’s collection brings the combined eight-year Cram the Van total to over 86 tons of non-perishable food items, which is a 573% increase since the program’s inception in 2014. (That year, we raised 6,615 pounds of food.)
This year, our electric cooperative held 13 in-person donation events between September and October, where we collected both our donations and grilled hamburgers and hot dogs for our members as our way of saying “thank you.” We also coordinated six school-wide competitions in five area school districts (USD 428, USD 363, USD 466, USD 356 and USD 200), which helped us raise several thousand more pounds.
In addition, our fellow electric cooperatives, vendors, sponsors, and other supporters from across Kansas also attended our third annual Co-ops Care Charity Golf Tournament earlier this fall to help us raise more monetary donations. Thanks to the generosity of more than 120 golfers and our own cooperative employees and volunteers, we raised more than $11,000 for our local food banks during our annual charity tournament.
And in addition to our many in-person events, school competitions, and related programs, we also held an online Cram the Van donation campaign, for the second year in a row, which helped us raise an additional $2,600 in cash donations.
Thank you to our communities and local schools for showing us “Yes, WE Can!” Cram the Van and helping us generate another record-breaking year!