North Country has partnered with Thorson Farming of EGF and CHS Ag Services to create the fundraiser

    The seeds have been planted for an exciting community fundraiser that will take place in August 2017.  The 1st annual "Contributions for Corn" fundraiser will allow people to take home delicious sweet corn in exchange for making a contribution to North Country Food Bank.  

    North Country distributed nearly 7.3 million pounds of food last year, which is the equivalent of approximately 5.7 million meals.  North Country's business model is simple- use surplus food product from the food industry to feed hungry people.  Its regional impact is profound- serving 21 counties in northwest and west central Minnesota, and part of Grand Forks, North Dakota.  "In our region, 1 in 10 people don't have enough to eat every day.  This is why we work with 220 charitable organizations across our region to provide food to our hungry neighbors, " said Susie Novak, executive director of North Country.

    In an effort to raise funds to help meet the need, North Country has partnered with Thorson Farming of East Grand Forks, MN, and CHS Ag Services to create the "Contributions for Corn" fundraiser.  Thorson Farming provided several acres of land for growing sweet corn near Rhinehart Drive just south of East Grand Forks, and CHS Ag Services provided the corn seed, as well as a tractor and planter to plant the corn.

    "My sons and I are thankful to be able to farm in the heart of the Red River Valley, and wanted to be able to give back to the community," said John Thorson of Thorson Farming.  "There are people right here in our community that don't know how they are going to feed their families for dinner tonight. This is why we wanted to take part in this project- to help raise funds to make sure non of our neighbors have to wonder when they will eat their next meal," said Thorson.

    This sentiment was echoed by Kyle Schafer, of CHS Ag Services.  "It is a privilege to be able to participate in this project, and to be able to give back in the communities we work in throughout the region.  For every dollar raised by this project, the food bank can provide enough food for up to 5 meals.  Where else can a dollar do so much good?" said Schafer.