The Monroe County Farm Bureau earned special recognition Dec. 3 for leading the state in 2019 Harvest for All donations, announced at the 100th Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.
Monroe County volunteers donated over 435 hours of volunteer time and 11,200 pounds of food to local food banks. For their efforts, they received $1,000 to donate to a food bank of their choice.
For the 15th consecutive year, MFB members shared agriculture's bounty and helped neighbors in need through Harvest for All, a national program encouraging county Farm Bureaus to help fight hunger in their local communities. It is accomplished by donating surplus agricultural commodities, non-perishable food products, money and/or volunteer hours to local food banks.
Coordinated under the leadership of MFB's State Young Farmer committee, in partnership with the Food Bank Council of Michigan, the 2019 MFB Harvest for All campaign yielded:
“Being able to share our surplus harvest with those in need brings a great sense of fulfillment,” said Sonja Lapak, member of MFB's State Young Farmer Committee and Young Farmer representative on the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, Agent Charitable Fund. “Our Young Farmer members want to give back to the communities, and this is just one simple way we can help. We want to honor those county Farm Bureaus who are dedicated to this charitable work.”
Monroe County Farm Bureau was responsible for over 50 percent of all volunteer service hours reported by county Farm Bureaus this year. Wayne County Farm Bureau, which led in volunteer hours last year, finished second with 250 hours and Wexford County Farm Bureau was third with 79.
Wayne County Farm Bureau finished in second place in food donated with 5,700 pounds of food while Berrien County Farm Bureau was third with 2,170 pounds.