(PIGEON) -- Cooperative Elevator Company is doing its part to help families in the area during tough economic times, providing $15,600 to the Thumb Breadbasket to help supplement the food needs of families in the community. The partnership with Thumb Breadbasket is one of Cooperative Elevator Company's many commitments to sharing the abundance of the harvest with communities in Michigan, nationally and across the globe through projects including Food Resources Bank and Operation Blessing.
Along with donations and grants, the company donated $100 in the name of each board of director and employee totaling $27,780 in 2012 compared to $23,846 donated in 2011. In 2013, Cooperative Elevator Company will be donating 25% of the crop income generated from a recently purchased 40 acre parcel of land to Thumb Breadbasket and 75% of the proceeds to the Food Resources Bank.
Established in 1915, Cooperative Elevator Company is an agricultural cooperative owned by 1,023 farmers. It currently employs 146 full-time people and is based in the Thumb with plants in Akron, Bad Axe, Deckerville, Elkton, Fairgrove, Gagetown, North Branch, Pigeon, Richville, Ruth, and Sebewaing.