Landmark Sponsors Fresh Produce in Local Summer Lunch Program
COTTAGE GROVE, WI, June 11, 2019 – This summer, more than 3,500 free, healthy lunches will be served throughout DeForest and Morrisonville. Landmark Services Cooperative (LSC) is honored to continue to sponsor the Norski Nibbles summer lunch program. The $3,000 donation is dedicated to the purchase of fresh, healthy produce from the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market (DAFM). The market produce is incorporated into the kids’ daily lunches and distributed at several sheltered parks.
This is the third year LSC has donated to the free lunch program. The introduction of assorted fresh produce is a huge hit with the kids. “Our kids really enjoy getting fresh fruit, vegetables, and cheese curds along with beef sticks as an extra treat with their lunches,” stated Dave La Haye, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator. “Many hadn’t experienced the marvelous taste of fresh locally grown veggies and fruit.”
With over 800 students eligible for free or reduced lunches in the DeForest School District, there is a strong community need to help provide nutritious meals for hungry children. The volunteer-led Norski Nibbles program is a collaborative effort between local businesses and churches to combat hunger over the summer months when school is not in session.
“The donation from Landmark Services Cooperative to Norski Nibbles not only increase access to nutritious, local foods for those who need it in our community,” commented Joleen Stinson, DeForest Parks Supervisor who helps oversee the DeForest Farmers’ Market, “it also supports a variety of the local farmers who vend at the Farmers’ Market.”
As an agricultural cooperative, finding a way to help children in the local communities combat hunger is a natural fit. LSC is proud to support the Norski Nibbles initiative as part of the Landmark Gives Back program. “Summer lunch programs are vital to help combat child hunger. Working with passionate individuals like those leading the Norski Nibbles program is essential to filling the nutrition gap,” conveyed Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC.
For more information on Landmark Services Cooperative’s programs, contact Chrissy Long at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-819-3126.
Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality products and services. For 85+ years, Landmark has provided farm-related products and services to its more than 11,000 members in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Employing more than 300 full-time people and reaching sales in excess of $373 million, Landmark provides a customer service-oriented approach in the communities it serves. For more information, visit landmark.coop, or call 800-236-3276.
Landmark Services Cooperative donated $3,000 to Norski Nibbles June 5 to go toward the program’s purchase of fresh produce at the DeForest Area Farmers’ Market. Pictured from left to right Dave LaHaye, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator; Shannon Horstmeyer, executive assistant of LSC.; Bob Mathweg, Norski Nibbles co-coordinator