Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Farmers find pride and joy in growing
wholesome food for families at every budget level. But when a
family can't afford to put enough food on the table, the entire
farming community takes it personally and works to correct it.
Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) Young Leader
Committee leads the fight for hunger and held a food drive at
IFB's Governmental Affairs Leadership Conference last week. The
Committee asked conference attendees to bring donations
- enough to "Fill a Ford with Food!"
It was a success. IFB members donated $270 and 522 pounds of
food, enough to fill the bed of a new Ford truck. The donations
will go to the 21 counties served by the Central
Illinois Food Bank.
This generosity does double duty. Not only does it serve
immediate needs of local families, but it also added to total
donation numbers of the Harvest for All competition. If Illinois'
Young Leaders collect more money, pounds of food, and/or volunteer
hours than other states do, an additional donation check is awarded
to Illinois food banks. Earlier this month, IFB's
Young Leaders received an extra $2500 donation for their 2012
efforts and want to repeat that success in 2013.
Illinois Farm Bureau's Young Leader Committee thanks everyone
for their generosity and commitment to fighting hunger.
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Last year, IFB YL collected:
$786,949 in donations
68,715 pounds of food
2,006 volunteer hours
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