In a year when countless Americans found themselves unexpectedly and unpreventably out of work, organizations whose mission it is to provide for the less fortunate found themselves overwhelmed with new customers, suddenly in desperate need of a helping hand.
Carrying out even the normalest of Farm Bureau activities hasn’t been easy either, but Washtenaw County’s ambitious and big-hearted Young Farmers found a way to turn a safely distanced recreational outing into a ‘win’ for hungry families in their region.
On Dec. 22 Washtenaw Young Farmer Chair Matthew Noggle did the organization proud, delivering to Ann Arbor Food Gatherers a check for $3,441 — the take from a mid-pandemic golf tournament his committee was able to pull off back in September.
“This past year has been very trying on food banks,” Noggle said. “Ann Arbor Food Gatherers saw a 130% increase in use this year, distributing 7.8 billion pounds of food since March — a record in their 31 years.”
The donation was enough to provide more than 10,400 meals for people in need across the community.
In a congratulatory thank-you to the rest of his committee, Noggle wrote, “I just want to thank you all for your support and hard work you put into our golf tournament. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!”