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Soup kitchen to benefit from gift by ‘Good Agent Champion’

by Joe Gamm | May 21, 2022 at 4:01 a.m. | Updated May 23, 2022 at 9:24 a.m.

An area State Farm Insurance agent is one of 100 "Good Agent Champions" who is to receive a $5,000 grant, which is to be given to a charity of her choice.

Lori Branch, who with her staff volunteers at the Holts Summit Soup Kitchen, is to present the grant to the kitchen in late June.

"Because the soup kitchen reaches the entire community, and not just a single cause, they were the perfect choice for me to receive the grant money," Branch said. "I feel it will do a lot of good for our community."

Branch said she has not heard what the kitchen might use the grant for.

Branch has a long history of demonstrating what it means to be a good neighbor, a State Farm Insurance news release stated.

State Farm, she said, is committed to helping build stronger communities. She said her staff embraces the responsibilities inherent in being a good neighbor to improve their community.

Mary Steck, director of the soup kitchen, said in the news release that Holts Summit is blessed (and has been blessed for the past 15 years) to have the area's support. The nonprofit will use the money to update aging kitchen equipment, making its job easier.

The kitchen provides complete meals for the community every Tuesday and Thursday. It offers carry-out or dine-in for anyone who wants to have some social interaction. And it averages about 180 meals each Tuesday and Thursday.

State Farm Insurance has more than 19,300 agents and 55,000 employees across the United States.

CORRECTION: This article was edited at 9:24 a.m. May 23, 2022, to correct the number of State Farm Insurance employees.

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