Contact: Tonia Ritter, 517-679-5345
GRAND RAPIDS, Nov. 30 — The Oakland County and Wayne County Farm Bureaus earned special recognition Wednesday for leading the state in 2016 Harvest for All donations, which were announced at the 97th Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) State Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.
Oakland County volunteers donated 1,230 hours of their time, while Wayne County was recognized for donating 15,000 pounds of surplus agricultural commodities to Harvest for All. Each county chose to donate its $500 cash prize to Gleaners Community Food Bank of southeastern Michigan. Both donations will be doubled through a matching funds program for a total of $2,000.
For the 12th 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 Young Farmer and Promotion and Education committees, in partnership with the Food Bank Council of Michigan, the 2016 MFB Harvest for All campaign yielded:
“As a farmer, being able to share our surplus harvest with those in need brings a great sense of fulfillment,” said Mark Daniels, MFB State Young Farmer Committee Chairperson. “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.”
Oakland County Farm Bureau was responsible for 70 percent of all volunteer service hours reported by county Farm Bureaus this year. Monroe County Farm Bureau, which led in volunteer hours last year, finished second with 129 hours and Wayne County Farm Bureau was third with 64.
Genesee County Farm Bureau finished in second place in surplus agricultural commodities donated with 9,919 pounds of food while Oakland County Farm Bureau was third with 6,500 pounds.
At MFB’s State Annual Meeting, attendees raised an additional $2,318.93 for the Food bank Council of Michigan during a friendly “change war” competition. District 1 led the way with $570.06 in donations. District 9 finished second with $322.71 and District 4 was third with $286.46.
NOTE: For more information after Nov. 30, contact Tonia Ritter at 517-679-5345.