Lakewood Public Schools.org shared that Cargill’s Lake Odessa location mission is to help the world thrive. And for many years they have stayed committed to that promise with local and global initiatives.
As a response effort to the COVID 19 Pandemic, Cargill is helping the Lake Odessa Community with a generous gift of $145,000 and it will be put to good use to support emergency response, police, and fire departments in Ionia and Barry County. Additional recipients include Manna’s Food Pantry, Feeding America, and United Way’s Meals on Wheels program.
Cargill is also donating $20,000 to Lakewood Public Schools. “As a school district, the financial support that Cargill has extended will support the needs of our students and families by providing meals and distance learning support so that they can be healthy and achieve. Superintendent Randy Fleenor at Lakewood Public Schools said. “I am deeply thankful for community partners like Cargill and their outpouring of support at a time where families are experiencing challenging COVID-19 related hardships. That kind of care is what makes our small town communities so special. It’s times like this that we are reminded how interconnected we are, and as a school district we are working to provide all of the help we can while simultaneously preparing for what’s next.”
General Manager of Lake Odessa Cargill, Jay Patel said; “When volunteering at the local feeding America food pantry location, I have been moved by the gratitude families are showing. It’s clear there is a growing need in the community and at Cargill, we are honored to help support in any possible way to take care of and be there for each other”.