The Monroe County and Wayne County Farm Bureaus earned special recognition Wednesday for leading the state in 2018 Harvest for All donations, announced at the 99th Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) State Annual Meeting at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.
Monroe County volunteers donated 376 hours of their time, while Wayne County was recognized for donating over 5.65 tons of food to local food banks. Each county is awarded a $500 cash prize to give to the food bank of their choice.
For the 14th 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 2018 MFB Harvest for All campaign reported:
- 8.8 tons of surplus agricultural commodities
- 1 ton of non-perishable food products
- Nearly $30,000 in financial donations
- 1,045 hours of volunteer time
“As a farmer, being able to share our surplus harvest with those in need brings a great sense of fulfillment,” said Nathan Clarke, MFB State Young Farmer Committee chair. “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 36 percent of all volunteer service hours reported by county Farm Bureaus this year. Wayne County Farm Bureau came in second followed by Wexford County Farm Bureau in third.
Macomb County Farm Bureau finished in second place in food donated while Bay County Farm Bureau was in third.
In total, county Farm Bureaus and the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies donated 9.8 tons of food, 1,045 volunteer hours and nearly $30,000 to local food banks.