Glanbia CEO Jeff Williams and the Foodbank’s Laurie Lickley.
The Idaho Foodbank’s selection as a recipient at the 2013 Glanbia Charity Challenge was an accolade that continued to grow right up to the end of this fabulous charity event.
We were honored to be chosen as one of the 10 charities to receive funds this year, and then honored again to have the selection committee name us its Charity of Choice. At the golf banquet awards celebration, we were overjoyed when the committee not only granted our $20,000 request but added an extra $38,000. It was the second highest amount awarded in the event’s 20-year history.
Glanbia is one of the largest manufacturers of cheese and whey-based ingredients in the world. The plants in Twin Falls, Gooding, Richfield and its joint venture, Southwest Cheese located in Clovis, NM, produce over 800 million pounds of cheese and millions of pounds of dairy ingredients a year.
Every year since 1994, the company has held a charity golf event and in that time raised over $1.5 million for Magic Valley nonprofits. This year’s tournament was held August 12 under bright blue skies at the beautiful Blue Lakes Country Club in the Snake River canyon near Twin Falls.
The popular Challenge attracts customers, vendors and dairy farmers from as far away as Florida. The 160 guest slots and 32 Glanbia host spots are always filled, and there is a waiting list, says Peggy Watland, Glanbia’s public relations and events manager.
Through a combination of entry fees, tee-box and flag-pin sponsorships and individual donations, the Challenge was able to distribute a record-breaking amount of $145,000 this year.
The Foodbank will use the funds to support the Backpack Program and the School Pantry program in Magic Valley schools.
The Backpack Program provides nutritious, kid-friendly food to thousands of Idaho children who are at risk of hunger between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday. Some 400 children from 23 different elementary schools in the Magic Valley received backpacks last school year.
School Pantries provide a trusting environment where parents can receive a little extra support and help them feed their families. The Foodbank purchases the nutritious food, and school personnel hand out enough to help feed a family for three to five days. The School Pantry program has grown from three schools in 2010 to 19 in fiscal year 2013.
We were incredibly honored to be part of this year’s Glanbia Charity Challenge. Our deep thanks to everyone involved. Your generosity and dedication will make an important difference to families across the Magic Valley.