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Elks Community Builder of the Week

Goodland, Kan., Lodge No. 1528
The Elks at Goodland, Kan., Lodge No. 1528 spread healthy eating habits to the community! Using an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant, the Goodland Lodge provided healthy afternoon snacks for students in need at a local elementary school.

Throughout the school year, Elks prepared and delivered nutritious food to students and teachers in need two days each week. The Elks enjoyed providing a variety of fruits and veggies and the students enjoyed trying them all!

“We gave the students the opportunity to try many different kinds of fruits and vegetables,” says Project Manager Zona Price. “They were treated to berries, melons, pineapple, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus and much more.”

With the help of the Gratitude Grant, the Elks encourage students to eat healthily—a message that some do not receive at home.

“Keeping our children safe and healthy is our first and foremost concern,” says School District Superintendent Bill Biermann. “Programs such as this help us see our goals through successfully.”

The Elks National Foundation helps Lodges serve their communities by offering $2,000 Gratitude Grants. Lodges are eligible to apply for Gratitude Grants after meeting the National President’s per-member goal for giving to the Foundation. To find out more about Gratitude Grants and the Community Investments Program, visit


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