Ardent Mills, Denver, joined forces with many of its vendors, suppliers and carriers to raise $110,000 for the Food Bank of the Rockies through its sixth annual charity golf tourney, held last week at the Riverdale Golf Courses in Brighton, CO.
“As promised when we announced that we were coming to Denver, we are nourishing the communities where we live and work,” says Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills. “Our partnership with Food Bank of the Rockies is a tangible example of our value of serving. We began teaming with the food bank last summer before we fully established our headquarters operation here. Through these efforts, we help to guarantee meals for those who are having a tough time with basic food needs.”
Food Bank of the Rockies president and CEO Kevin Seggelke notes, “Our food bank serves over 411,000 individuals every year, and it’s fundraisers like this that help us expand our outreach even further. Often, people don’t understand just how much poverty exists around them when they are not immersed in it—over 70 percent of the people we serve live at or below the poverty line. Ultimately, a fundraiser isn’t important solely to generate revenue, but also to raise awareness about poverty and hunger.”
The annual charity golf tourney was started in 2010 by two ConAgra Foods businesses—ConAgra Mills and Spicetec Flavors & Seasoning (SFS)—raising more than $500,000 in the prior five years. Bill Stoufer, Ardent Mills COO shares, “Numerous Ardent Mills team members volunteered to make this event a success for the food bank and in celebration of our first year in business. We are proud to continue this powerful effort and to make a difference in the lives of thousands of people along the Front Range.”
Later this summer, Ardent Mills will host a Food Drive to Kick Hunger, where fans will be encouraged to bring nonperishable food items or cash donations to a Colorado Rapids soccer game to support Food Bank of the Rockies.