Harvest for All
Farm Bureau’s young farmers and ranchers have worked side by side with Feeding America for the past 10 years to help provide food to those in need around our country through the Harvest for All campaign. More than 50 million Americans – that’s 1 in 6 – including nearly 17 million children, are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.
Throughout the year, farmers and ranchers across the nation donate food, funds and people power to create a hunger-free America. And whether the contribution is a bushel, a dollar, or an hour, Farm Bureau and Feeding America will be working together to finish an important job: making sure every American can enjoy the bounty produced on our farms and ranches.
In 2014, YF&R programs across the country donated a total of 42 million pounds of food, spent 14,000 hours volunteering, and donated 1.2 million dollars to their local food banks.
An initial relationship was forged between the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and Feeding America (then known as America’s Second Harvest) when AFBF offered its support to Feeding America’s first Hunger Awareness Day on June 5, 2002. Discussions following the event evolved to identify that a separate partnership between Feeding America and AFBF, specifically the Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Program, would be mutually beneficial.
As the first step in developing this partnership, members of AFBF’s YF&R Committee participated in a service project with Feeding America in November 2002. The event was a success, leading to the announcement of Farm Bureau’s collaboration with Feeding America and the Harvest for All campaign on June 5, 2003, Feeding America’s second annual National Hunger Awareness Day.
The Harvest for All campaign includes activities organized by state and county Farm Bureaus in connection with local Feeding America affiliates across the country. Through the campaign’s 10-year history, YF&R programs across the country have donated their food, money and their time to provide more than 83 million meal equivalents to hungry Americans.
The “Most Innovative” award recognizes states whose unique Harvest for All activities encourage participation and are programs that can be easily replicated in other states. The 2014 “Most Innovative” states were:
- Georgia – The Georgia Farm Bureau Young Leaders Committee, in cooperation with the Jekyll Island Golf Club, set up a golf tournament benefiting Harvest for All and the Georgia Food Bank Association. The committee members set a date for the golf tournament and promoted it to young farmers and sponsors. Advertising was done through County Farm Bureaus (tournament hosts), which raised awareness. An auction held after the event gave members another opportunity to talk about Harvest for All.
- North Carolina – The North Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee partnered with field reps, state YF&R members, collegiate YF&R's and county Farm Bureaus, making this project a true statewide effort through “Take a Shot at Hunger!”. The year-long project was a partnership with the NC Department of Agriculture and Food Lion grocery stores. At the NC State Fair, one day was set aside where fair goers could bring 10 canned food items and enter the fair for free. Young Farmer volunteers collected canned foods and loaded trucks headed to the food banks.
- Arizona – The Arizona Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee worked with the community to organize a “fill that truck” event. Members worked with a local car dealership to increase awareness about the needs of the local food bank. The dealership accepted food donations with the goal of filling up a truck.
For More Information on How to Participate:
- Marty Tatman, Director, Program Development , firstname.lastname@example.org,