As part of its longstanding commitment to support the communities in which it does business, on October 21, 2016, Cargill presented a $12,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Schuyler County to implement the Family Nutrition Program.

Kris Morseman, Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry Coordinator, commented, “I want to thank Cargill for their willingness to help us break the cycle of poverty in Schuyler County. We are committed to using these funds to teach our patrons at the Pantry about menu planning, smart shopping strategies, and healthy cooking skills that will let them eat more nutritiously and live better lives. Only when basic needs are met can we make progress toward goals. Through education, we will empower people to achieve more with the resources they have and pass these values along to their children.”

(l-r) Kris Morseman (Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry Coordinator), Deb MacDonald (Schuyler Agency Director, Keith Klug (Cargill's Plant Manager)

(l-r) Kris Morseman (Schuyler Outreach Food Pantry Coordinator), Deb MacDonald (Schuyler Agency Director, Keith Klug (Cargill’s Plant Manager)

This program seeks to ensure that families in need have enough food for the present time and work toward long-term changes that assist them in addressing hunger from a systematic approach. Providing food to the hungry is a short term solution that aims to close the meal gap and decrease food insecurity. Providing nutrition education to help those in need learn to cook, shop, and budget their food dollars wisely addresses the issue of long-term hunger and helping families with food insecurity implement changes that will result in increased food security for life. This program will contain both components.

“Cargill’s statement of purpose is to be the Global Leader in Nourishing People,” said Keith Klug, Cargill Salt’s Plant Manager. “This grant helps support that purpose and Catholic Charities’ mission of reducing poverty and promoting a healthy family life.”

About Cargill: Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 150,000 people in 70 countries. Cargill helps customers succeed through collaboration and innovation, and is committed to applying its global knowledge and experience to help meet economic, environmental and social challenges wherever it does business. For more information, visit their website.

About Catholic Charities of Schuyler County: Catholic Charities is committed to fighting the effects of poverty and its root causes through its work. Catholic Charities provides a number of needed programs and services in the community with a priority toward the poor. We work to ensure that people have food, clothing, shelter, medical services, and the ability to achieve a decent standard of living. For more information, explore our website or call 607.535.2050.