In honor of National Agriculture Week March 5-9, the Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers teamed with ConAgra Mills to donate 24 tons of Ultragrain flour to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
The donation, with a retail value of more than $35,000, will provide 9,600 five-pound bags of white whole wheat flour for distribution to families in need in Colorado.
This is the fourth consecutive year of the donation.
This is enough flour to make more than 100,000 loaves of bread. Ultragrain flour as the fiber and nutrition of whole grain but the taste, texture and appearance of refined flour.
CAWG President Randy Traxler attended the Colorado Ag Day activities at the state capitol, where a check for $97,174 in cash and in-kind donations from members of the Colorado Ag Council was presented to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
"Agriculture is very important to Colorado's economy," says Traxler. "We have heard from numerous government officials that Colorado's farmers and ranchers are leading Colorado out of the recession. This is our chance to give back and help those who are less fortunate in our state."
Mike Martin of ConAgra Mills notes that his company is "proud of our almost 20-year commitment to impacting child hunger. It started with the ConAgra Foods Foundation, which is dedicated to making sure children have access to the food and facts about food to succeed in school and life.
"We have continued to build on this commitment with products and employee volunteer efforts. This donation is part of our national mission to raise awareness of child hunger in the U.S. It is also a thank-you to Colorado wheat farmers for doing business with us through the year."
Kevin Seggelke, president of the Food Bank of the Rockies, says that flour is a very popular item and is something that the food bank would normally need to purchase, since it is not a typical donation item in food drives.