The first annual “Hi-Pro Feeds the Future” benefit was, by all accounts, a rousing success. The Hi-Pro Feeds team partnered with Snak Pak 4 Kids™ for the event in Friona that brought in people from all over the surrounding area. The event took place at the Country Rose on April 18th. Over $57,000 was raised through the combination of donations (including Hi-Pro Feeds and Nutra Blend), ticket sales, and proceeds from both a silent and live auction.
The purpose of the Snak Pak 4 Kids program is to end weekend hunger for children living in the Texas Panhandle. Students living in food-insecure homes are identified by school staff. Snak Pak 4 Kids sends home backpacks filled with healthy snacks for them, and any younger siblings not yet attending school. It helps them get through the weekend. In Friona, volunteers pack around 80 bags for elementary students, and 15 for the expanding junior high program.
“Hi-Pro Feeds manufactures and sells animal feed products across North America, this initiative fits well with our core values,” states John Ingram, Director of US Operations for Hi-Pro Feeds. “We enrich human and animal lives through the production of animal nutrition products. Feeding hungry kids in our local community is part of that commitment.”
With the help of Heath Williamson from Nutra Blend, the Hi-Pro team organized the entire event including selling tickets, organizing the auctions, and serving the meal. Other volunteers came from all over the community to help including Parmer Medical Center, Caprock Feeders, The Girl & Boy Scouts, and the Friona High School Choir students.
“The money raised at this event will more than fund the Friona Snak Pak 4 Kids Program,” mentions Varla Wilcox, Marketing Coordinator for Hi-Pro Feeds. “The Farwell and Lazbuddie schools in Parmer County are both interested in participating. Any of the leftover funds from Friona will be provided to them to get started. We are hopeful that other schools in the area will also have volunteers that want to participate.”
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