The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau last year raised more than $213,000, a record, and donated more than 4.8 million pounds of food to hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau's "Harvest for All" program. Combined, the donations provided the equivalent of nearly 5.3 million meals through Feeding America-affiliated food banks. Also, during 2009, farmers and ranchers tallied nearly 5,400 volunteer hours assisting hunger groups through the Harvest for All program.
During last week's AFBF Young Farmer and Rancher Conference in Tulsa, Okla., the Illinois Farm bureau was honored for raising the most funds with just over $93,000. The New York Farm Bureau was number one in food donated at 3.65 million pounds. And the top honor for volunteer time went to Michigan Farm Bureau with nearly 3,000 volunteer hours.
In addition, five state Young Farmer and Rancher committees received $500 grants for "most innovative" programs. The winners are Indiana for "Piggy Bank Promotion;" Michigan for "Chicken Project;" New York for "Feed the Hungry;" Pennsylvania for "Lady Moon Farm Project;" and South Dakota for "Great PETA-Inspired Milk Donation."