Clements: Farm Bureau members raised more than $1.1 million and donated a record of more than 28.9 million pounds of food to assist hungry Americans in 2016, as part of Farm Bureau’s Harvest for All program. The program partners with Feeding America to enable farmers to donate food, time or money to America’s food banks. Kevin Wilson, AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee Vice Chairman, says the partnership enables farmers and ranchers to give back to their communities.
Wilson: To me, getting involved in this is just our way of giving back, being able to go out, do something that’s going to help benefit those that are less fortunate. We could all potentially be in that shape tomorrow, there could be some unforeseen circumstance, and I would hope at that point somebody would participate with these food banks, would donate their time and money to make sure that I have something to eat if I were hungry. And, it’s just really fulfilling knowing that you’re doing something helping those that are less fortunate.
Clements: Three awards were presented at AFBF’s Fusion Conference this week for top-performing states participating in the program, which included California for donating the most food and two awards to Illinois for donating the most time and money.
Wilson: These numbers are just staggering. And to me it’s encouraging to look back and see that these are farmers that’s doing this, these are farmers donating 15 million pounds of food, almost a million dollars and a 138 days worth of labor to make sure that we’re working to end hunger in America.
Clements: Wilson encourages other farmers and ranchers to be involved in the program.
Wilson: Any Farm Bureau member can participate in the program, it’s really easy. Get with your state coordinators, they can get all the information to you. It’s really great to be able to see all that effort go back into your local level, but it’s also great to be able to see this effort build up to the state level and also to the national level.
Clements: Learn more about the program online at www.fb.org. Micheal Clements, Washington.
Communications Assistant, AFBF