published on August 16, 2016 - 9:13 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Carolyn S. Kruse Foundation recently donated $10,000 to FoodLink for Tulare County in an effort to alleviate hunger among children in Goshen.

FoodLink for Tulare County works with organizations throughout the county to mitigate hunger and promote nutrition education. In Goshen, FoodLink provides direct food resources through SmartPacks for school age children, nutrition on the go produce distribution, state provided drought relief food, a summer lunch program and an emergency food pantry established in partnership with Family Services of Tulare County.

The Carolyn S. Kruse Foundation donation will assist FoodLink in continuing to provide SmartPacks to children at participating schools.

SmartPacks are given to children who display signs of chronic hunger so they have something to eat over the weekend. The SmartPacks include child-friendly, easy-to-open breakfast, lunch and snack food items. The SmartPacks cost $25 per child each month.

Last year, the Carolyn S. Kruse Foundation, which was founded by Goshen-based company O.H. Kruse Grain and Mining, sponsored Goshen Elementary School for the SmartPacks program. The foundation now hopes to help provide for even more kids this school year.

In addition to the foundation’s financial contribution, the Kruse family has also committed resources to providing maintenance for FoodLink’s vehicles, saving FoodLink an average of $25,000 annually.

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