The annual CHS Harvest for Hunger food, funds and grain drive raised more than $500,000 and nearly 950,000 pounds of food.

The cooperative locally donated $19,698 to the North Country Food Bank in Crookston, Minn., CHS said in a news release. The collections will help fight rural hunger. The North Country Food Bank distributes food to more than 230 charitable organizations in 21 counties.

Local CHS retail businesses participated in the 2019 Harvest for Hunger Drive from March 1-20. They did so by partnering with local restaurants, bowling, cornhole and smear tournaments.

“We have partnered with North Country Food Bank for many years and really appreciate their dedication to helping those in need in our rural communities,” said Robert Staehnke, grain operations manager at CHS Northland Grain in Crookston.

CHS has raised more than $6 million and 4.5 million pounds of food since 2011, when the drive started.