On December 13, 2017, Central Region Cooperative Board Members Steve Lax and Jon Meyer presented a donation of $1,000 to the Sleepy Eye Weekend Backpack Food Program. The donation was composed of $500 from Central Region Cooperative in addition to a match donation of $500 from the Land ‘O Lakes Foundation. The Weekend Backpack Food Program is administered by the Social Ministries Board of Trinity Lutheran Church in Sleepy Eye. The Backpack Food Program is offered to all families with students at Sleepy Eye Public Schools in Kindergarten through grade 6. A bag of food with 2 meals, fruit, vegetables and a snack is sent home with participating families every weekend throughout the school year as well as a Holiday box to cover the meals when students are not in school. Participation in the program varies throughout the school year; however, currently 28 families are participating in the program.
Pictured Left to right: Steve Lax, Jon Meyer, Michal Anderson-Lowther, Sandra Beito and Irene Schmitt.