OCI again resets public school lunch accounts

Fertilizer Company puts $20K into deficient accounts

WEVER, Iowa (July 2, 2024) – For the second consecutive year, OCI Nitrogen Iowa (formerly Iowa Fertilizer Company) donated funds to eliminate all school lunch deficits students in Lee County’s public schools. The $20,000 total donation reflects the company’s longstanding commitment to invest in students, local families, schools, and educational programs in southeast Iowa.
“Since we broke ground in Wever more than a decade ago, OCI Nitrogen Iowa has been proud to support learners, educators, and educational programs at all levels across southeast Iowa,” Mickey McHale, OCI Nitrogen Iowa Plant Manager, said. “At the center of that commitment is ensuring young people attending public schools in our community are set up to succeed in the classroom as they prepare to attend college or join the workforce. Helping those students have the resources they need to live healthier lives in a critical part in achieving that goal.”
To eliminate all school lunch deficits, OCI Nitrogen Iowa made direct contributions to the Fort Madison Community School District and the Central Lee Community School District, which together serve nearly 3,000 students. Students at the Keokuk Community School District qualify for free lunch and as a result there is not a current negative lunch balance in the district.
“The teachers, staff, students and parents in the Fort Madison Community School District greatly appreciate OCI Nitrogen Iowa’s donation that will once again eliminate school lunch deficits across all the schools in our district. This additional investment demonstrates a real commitment to support our district’s mission and help enhance the educational experience for our students,” Dr. Erin Slater, Superintendent of the Fort Madison Community School District, said.
“The Central Lee Community School District is incredibly pleased to partner with OCI Nitrogen Iowa for a second consecutive year to eliminate the entirety of the lunch deficits from the past year. The company’s continued investment in our district is critical to supporting the well-being of our students and helps improve educational outcomes at the same time,” said Dr. Andy Crozier, Superintendent of the Central Lee Community School District.
OCI Nitrogen Iowa and its more than 260 full-time team members have made a wide range of charitable donations to local school districts, academic programs, educational resources, and more across the region, including a $250,000 donation to the Lee County Career Advantage Center, $250,000 donation to Southeastern Community College’s Building the Dream Fund, donations to the public libraries in Donnellson, Mt. Pleasant, Burlington, and Keokuk, annual participation in the Southeast Iowa Regional STEM Festival, among many others.
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