KENT Honored for Second Consecutive Year as Top Donor to Hometown United Way

KENT® Corporation earns the “Spirit of Giving Award” from the United Way of Muscatine for a second, successive year, reaffirming its unwavering commitment to enhancing the well-being of the local community. From Left to Right: United Way of Muscatine’s Executive Director Shane Orr; Jennifer Hunter, Sr. Financial Analyst at KENT; and Rich Dwyer, Sr. VP of Corporate Affairs & Enterprise Risk Management at KENT.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (March 7, 2024) – For the second consecutive year, KENT® Corporation has been honored with the ‘Spirit of Giving Award’ by the United Way of Muscatine. The esteemed award was presented to KENT at the United Way of Muscatine’s annual Live United Celebration Luncheon in February.

"Being recognized as United Way of Muscatine’s Top Contributor two years in a row is a true honor and reflects our core value of ‘working for the win-win’," said Carol Reynolds, KENT Corporate Spokesperson and VP of Human Resources and Communications. "This accolade showcases KENT’s commitment to the community and reminds us of the positive impact we can make together, when we unite for a greater cause.” 

In 2023, KENT employees again led the way in community engagement, actively participating in a range of United Way programs, including a workplace campaign, school supply drives, and the Day of Caring and Reading Mentors program. Additionally, our unique Take-and-Bake meal initiative, crafted by KENT's in-house kitchen team, continued to be a popular and effective fundraiser for the United Way.

These contributions along with donations from other local businesses and individual givers helped the United Way impact the Muscatine community in the following ways: 

  • Barriers to education and participation in extracurricular activities were eliminated for 1,140 children ($30,000 value)
  • Over 1,200 children received age-appropriate books each month through Imagination Library ($30,000 value)
  • Almost 20,000 volunteer hours were logged, for a value of over $550,000
  • Nearly $650,000 was invested in community education, housing, and household stabilization programming

KENT has been a key supporter of United Way for 70 years, enhancing the Muscatine County area through both financial contributions and active community involvement,” said Shane Orr, Executive Director of United Way of Muscatine. “Their commitment extends beyond donations, with KENT members serving on local boards and volunteering, embodying the true spirit of giving back.”

KENT is committed to helping a growing world do more – not only through our business operations, but also through our commitment to community service. To get involved and make a difference, join the United Way’s mission. Call 563-263-5963 to learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities in Muscatine.

About KENT Corporation
With origins in the livestock feed business, today KENT Corporation is a diversified, family-owned company headquartered in Muscatine, Iowa (USA) with operating subsidiaries involved in corn wet milling, the production of animal feeds, and the manufacture of food, beverage, and pet products. KENT is led by third generation family member, Gage A. Kent. KENT serves customers across the world and employs approximately two thousand people in 40 locations across 20 states and seven countries.

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