Farm Bureau Tradition of Giving Back Continues through Harvest for All Program

Farm Bureau Tradition of Giving Back Continues through Harvest for All Program

Farm and ranch households from throughout the country donated 36.4 million lbs of food items and elevated a lot more than $258,000 to aid combat starvation in 2021 by way of Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” system. Merged, the monetary and foods donations totaled the equivalent of 30.5 million foods.

Criteria for tracking Harvest for All donations integrated dollars and lbs of food stuff donated by state and county Farm Bureaus, as very well as volunteer several hours, noted from the grassroots up as element of the yearly campaign.

The spirit of farm communities has often been one particular of functioning jointly and offering again. Now in its 20th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by customers of Farm Bureau’s Younger Farmers & Ranchers program, but members of all ages from across the nation lead to the exertion. Their participation helps be certain Us residents who are facing foods insecurity can get pleasure from the bounty of food farmers and ranchers create.

In addition to boosting food items and cash, farmers and ranchers tallied 9,405 volunteer several hours assisting community starvation teams in 2021.

“Coping with starvation is a day by day reality for people from all walks of lifestyle, which include several citizens of rural areas and farming communities,” explained Alisha Schwertner of Texas, chair of AFBF’s YF&R Committee. “Through Harvest for All, Farm Bureau stays fully commited to putting food stuff on the tables of those people in require.”

Florida Farm Bureau took best honors for donating the most food stuff in 2021, 30.5 million lbs .. This included member participation in food items drives, meal-packing projects and donations of generate to food financial institutions. Farmers also participated in the Make Box Method, donating make still left in fields following harvest to group users in need.

Illinois Farm Bureau took best honors for elevating the most money in 2021, $162,587. Partnering with county Farm Bureaus, internet hosting a “March Madness Bracket Challenge” and conducting strategies with FFA and Collegiate Farm Bureaus were amongst the procedures employed to increase funds.

Florida Farm Bureau tallied the most volunteer hours, 4,510. This provided 100 volunteers packaging a lot more than 50,000 meals for community family members as a result of the “Farming for Hope” celebration in partnership with Foods for Hope, and a district task that introduced alongside one another 85 volunteers to harvest and distribute sweet corn.

Thanks to the generosity of Nationwide, these point out organizations acquired a $500 grant (for each form of contribution) for donation to a nearby meals lender of their decision or for one more Harvest for All venture.

2nd-put winners were being New York Farm Bureau for 5.7 million kilos of foods donated, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau for $47,154 in donated money and Illinois Farm Bureau for 4,063 several hours of donated volunteer time.

Each individual of the next-position winners acquired a $250 grant (for every single variety of contribution) from Nationwide to donate to the neighborhood foodstuff financial institution of their choice.

Most Ground breaking Winner

In addition, the Florida Farm Bureau YF&R Committee gained a $250 grant from Nationwide for “most innovative” method for the “Farming for Hope” party performed in partnership with Foods for Hope. The accomplishment of this ground breaking task, which bundled packaging 50,000 meals for neighborhood households, was because of to the collaboration of several county Farm Bureaus, YF&R courses and neighborhood volunteers.

The awards had been introduced during AFBF’s 2022 Younger Farmers & Ranchers Meeting, which wrapped up Monday. Because Harvest for All was launched, Farm Bureau family members have collected 412 million kilos of food stuff, logged a lot more than 224,000 volunteer several hours and elevated much more than $10 million in donations.


Mike Tomko
Director, Communications
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Bailey Corwine
Media Relations Professional
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