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Cargill Cares donates $20K to KETCH

09/24/2010

KETCH receives donation from Cargill Cares

People with developmental disabilities have an increased nutritional risk and thankfully, someone understands that. Cargill Cares has donated $20,000 to the Kansas Elks Training Center for the Handicapped (KETCH) to assist in providing persons with disabilities adequate nutritional food.

“Most adults with developmental disabilities receive about $160 each month for food. That’s a little over $5.00 per day. We use as many programs as we can to stretch their dollars, but we still struggle to purchase perishable food items. This money will help the individuals we serve a great deal”, said Kim Roskam, Director of Development
and Community Relations.

Laura Roberds, VP over Community Living said, “persons with developmental disabilities are at increased nutritional risk due to metabolic disorders, drug-nutrient interactions, decreased mobility, feeding problems and they also have a higher risk of developing secondary illnesses. Proper nutrition helps to offset the risks of acquiring these conditions typically caused by a poor diet”.

KETCH will use the money to purchase nutritional healthy foods like fruits and vegetables and it will also help to keep the individuals’ pantries stocked. This donation will have a positive impact on the lives of the 150 people, served in the Community Living program at KETCH, with increased learning abilities, job opportunities and quality of life.

“Our committee, Cargill Cares, took a tour of the KETCH campus [manufacturing and other day programs] and saw first hand the work that is done to support adults with disabilities. The KETCH organization uses an approach that provides a good model we believe in. We could see the great need for their services for the people served and for the Wichita community,” said Allan Young, from Horizon Milling at Cargill Corporation.

Young volunteers on the Cargill Cares Committee, which is made up of several staff members from across the various companies under Cargill Corporation.

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