TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__The new Mars Chocolate plant is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build homes in the Capital City, and it's a sweet deal for some new home owners in Topeka.
It's a nationwide partnership that Mars Chocolate has struck a deal with Habitat for Humanity, and is designed to increase volunteerism in building local homes for the community.
Topeka Mayor Larry Wolgast and Executive Director of Topeka's Habitat for Humanity Michelle De La Isla were on hand Wednesday morning at 1816 SW Fillmore as Mars Chocolate North America officially partnered with the Topeka area Habitat for Humanity.
Mars Site Director Bret Spangler said, "It's something we want to commit to and it's a great organization and a pleasure to be a part of."
It's part of a nationwide campaign called "M'-Prove America." The brand has also donated $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity to fund construction of homes across the country.
Outside of contributing towards the completion of Topeka's 77th habitat home, Mars presented a $200 thousand donation to Downtown Topeka Inc. Proving to the Capital City that their support will not melt away. Spangler said, "It's something we said when we were coming to Topeka. That this community that truly fits our culture and coming from a principle based culture, we really want to be a part of the community and a good citizen partner to everybody."
The new Mars plant in Topeka is scheduled to begin production early next year.