July 24, 2024

Sinclair Tractor anniversary event raises $600,000 to fight hunger

Donation will support five Feeding America food banks serving thousands in three states

Pictured from left: Michelle Book, Food Bank of Iowa; Darian Graff, Susan Sinclair and Bob Sinclair, Sinclair Tractor; Nancy Renkes, River Bend Food Bank and Barb Prather, Northeast Iowa Food Bank.

When Sinclair Tractor celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, owner Bob Sinclair said employees made it clear they wanted to do something big.

A daylong appreciation event for more than 10,000 customers? Check. A command performance from legendary band Sawyer Brown? Check. And then the biggest goal of all: Give back to food banks in the communities Sinclair Tractor serves.

Big check.

Thanks to the generosity of Sinclair Tractor employees, customers, suppliers and friends, the tractor dealership’s 25th anniversary raised $600,000 to support food banks serving southeast Iowa, western Illinois and northern Missouri. Those food banks include Food Bank of Iowa, HACAP Food Reservoir, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, River Bend Food Bank and The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri.

“We are thrilled to receive this generous donation from Sinclair Tractor, which will impact countless lives,” Food Bank of Iowa CEO Michelle Book, said. “We are honored that so many different community members came together to contribute to this gift and invest in ending hunger throughout the region.”

In addition to Sinclair Tractor, other key donors to the initiative included Quality Ag Service, Michael Walker Advertising, Cookies BBQ, John Deere, the John Deere Foundation, Brandt Agricultural Products, AGI/Westfield, Unverferth, Tractorhouse, the Iowa Auctioneers Association, Farm Credit Services and many other caring individuals and companies.

“Celebrating 25 years with our employees, customers and suppliers was wonderful,” Sinclair Tractor CEO Bob Sinclair, said. “But leveraging our company’s milestone to combat hunger in our corner of the world made it magical.”