Friday, February 15, 2013
Sixteen Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leaders recently
returned from the Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference, where
they were recognized for their continuing fight to end hunger. The
national event, held in Phoenix, Arizona, is hosted by the American
Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
The IFB Young Leaders brought in the most dollars donated for
the Harvest for All competition, with totals
reaching $786,949. They came in runner-up for number of hours
volunteered, giving just more than 20000 hours of their time. They
also donated 68,715 pounds of food. For their efforts, the group
received $2500 to be donated to food pantries in Illinois.
In their continuing effort for Harvest for All,
the Young Leader will be on hand at the Governmental Affairs
Leadership Conference, held February 20-21, at the Crowne Plaza in
Springfield. In partnership with Ford, a Farm Bureau member
benefit, there will be a Ford truck on site and the group will
collect canned goods in an effort to "Fill A Ford With
Conference attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food
items to contribute. Those who do will be entered in a drawing for
a gift basket of Ford products. The donations will go to Central
Illinois Food Bank, based in Springfield, to help feed the hungry
in the capital city area.
Jennifer Smith, manager of IFB Young Leaders, commented on the
Young Leaders recent and future successes. "The Young Leaders
continue to represent Illinois is so many great ways. Through their
activities and competitions, they continue to not only improve
themselves, but helps improve our community through their countless
efforts to fight hunger and improve the lives of those less
fortunate," she said.
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