Topeka, Kansas – October is national “Co‐op Month” and Governor Brownback has proclaimed it “Co‐op Month” in Kansas, as well. Cooperatives across the state and throughout the nation will be celebrating all month long. “Co‐op Month” also includes “International Credit Union Day” on Oct. 17.
The Kansas Cooperative Council and our member cooperatives host numerous events in October, highlighting the values inherent in the cooperative business model. This year, co‐ops are demonstrating “concern for their community”, one of the seven core philosophies of the international cooperative movement, by donating to local food banks and charities providing nutritional support to those in need.
The theme for the Kansas cooperative initiative to fight hunger, “Cooperatives…Pounding Out Hunger”, is modeled after the pioneer tradition of “poundings”, where community members would shower new residents or newlyweds with staple food items, which in those days were generally sold by the pound.
The KCC Board of Directors kicked‐off the food drive effort with a challenge to all member co‐ops and each other. Every board member was asked to bring at least one case of non‐perishable food items to their September board meeting which was held in Manhattan. The KCC worked with Harvesters Community Food Network and their Manhattan area partner, Flint Hills Breadbasket, and the 443 pounds of canned and boxed food goods donated will go toward feeding the hungry in Riley County.
For additional information about cooperatives in Kansas and the Kansas Cooperative Council visit www.kansasco‐op.coop.