Cram the Van Collects 3.5 Tons of Donations
Wheatland recently completed our 2nd annual "Cram the Van" food drive, collecting 7081 pounds of food for hungry people in Western Kansas. That's just over 3 1/2 tons of food, and a total of nearly 7 tons in the past two years. The 3 1/2 tons collected this year is enough by some calculations to keep a single food bank stocked for nearly 3 months. The effort also brought in $1142.80 in cash donations. Every donation collected in a particular community stayed in that community to benefit its local food bank.
Cram the Van lasted two months and featured eleven stops in ten different communities throughout Wheatland’s territory. Wheatland also collected donations at its seven offices and two other drop off points in Conway Springs and Caldwell.
The drive featured a big red van, covered in bright "Cram the Van" decals, which Wheatland brought to various community events. Wheatland challenged our members to help “Cram the Van” with non-perishable food items for the local food bank and you responded in force!
“Last year’s event was a tremendous success and greatly exceeded our expectations,” said Shawn Powelson, Manager of Member Services for Wheatland. “With the incredible participation and support for the program last year, we knew we wanted to do it again this year. Every food bank we visit, when we make the deliveries, is very appreciative of the support and awareness from the Cram the Van drive. Add in the fact that we’re quickly approaching the holidays and a time of increased demand on the food banks and this really is a great help to them.”
At most Cram the Van events, Wheatland served a meal and, in exchange, its members “paid” in the form of canned goods and cash donations. Cram-the-Van events varied from cooking hamburgers at home football games to grilling hot dogs in front of community grocery stores to a Halloween Finale complete with two food slides, pumpkin decorating, marshmallow roasting, hayrack rides, a pumpkin seed spitting contest and a free meal. Using the food slides, kids were able to drop their donations down the slide and directly into the van.
Wheatland General Manager Bruce Mueller was pleased with the results of the 2nd year drive. “Food banks are an important part of the communities we serve and offer vitally needed services to our members. We are proud to be a part of this great program and look forward to continuing to support the communities we serve through programs like this in the future. Thank you to all of our members, employees and trustees for their efforts in this year’s food drive.”
Scott City-1680 lbs
Leoti-760 lbs and $50
Tribune-820 lbs and $60
Finney County-560 lbs
Great Bend-601 lbs
Conway Springs-820lbs and $1032.80
Caldwell – 500 lbs