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Kent presents $5,000 to Summer Lunch Program

Shane Orr, Executive Director of the United Way of Muscatine recently received a donation from Kent Nutrition Group (KNG). The $5,000 check presented by KNG President, John Thorpe is to be used for the Summer Food Service

Shane Orr, Executive Director of the United Way of Muscatine and John Thorpe, President, Kent Nutrition Group.

Shane Orr, Executive Director of the United Way of Muscatine and John Thorpe, President, Kent Nutrition Group.

Program in Muscatine. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to support families during the summer months when school is not in session by providing free meals to children under the age of 18.


Meals are served at seven sites throughout Muscatine, Monday through Friday until August 12th. Last year, United Way volunteers served over 400 meals each day through this program. Those interested in more information may contact Nichole Sorgenfrey at [email protected] or call 563-263-5963.


These funds are possible because of the commitment of Kent Corporation to feeding the food insecure. A few years ago two KNG suppliers (Elanco and NutraBlend) recognized that the daily nutritional need of some kids in the US were not being met. They created a way for customers like KNG to contribute to a fund with the commitment of the customer to develop a fundraising program in their community to support local backpack programs and food pantries.


A portion of every dollar that KNG spends on ingredients goes into a fund that can be used as KNG designates for local food security efforts. The funds are intended to build awareness within the community, create a local fundraising program, as well as provide funding for the programs. Kids who are food insecure don’t learn as quickly as those who get enough to eat because if a child is hungry, all they can think about is where their next meal will come from. Backpack programs, Food Pantries, and Summer Lunch Programs like this one are organized to address the situations where individuals are food insecure due to circumstances outside of their control. In many cases, these meals are the only ones they receive away from school. It’s an unfortunate fact that one out or every five children in Muscatine County is food insecure, and according to the “Feeding America” website, 10% of the residents of Muscatine County are food insecure.  As John Thorpe explained, “The more feed we sell, the more ingredients we need, and the more money goes in the fund. Caring for the local community is an important part of our culture at Kent Corporation.”


Kent Nutrition Group (KNG) delivers the highest quality animal nutrition based on a long-standing tradition of progressive innovation and dedication to livestock, equine and pet owners. KNG is a division of Kent Corporation, a family-owned, American company founded in 1927. KNG was formed to bring out the best in two highly successful regional feed brands — Kent in the Midwest and Blue Seal in the East. The Kent and Blue Seal brands are dedicated to providing quality animal nutrition that you can trust — guaranteed.


(Article courtesy of Voice of Muscatine)