Montcalm Collegiate Farm Bureau is ready to defend its title as Collegiate Harvest for All champion as the deadline for chapters to submit totals is Dec. 15!
“We all belong to our community,” said Brian Gardner, Montcalm Collegiate Farm Bureau Advisor. “Harvest for All helps combine our love of agriculture with a passion for making our community better by giving back.”
At the 2022 Growing Together conference, Montcalm received recognition and a check for $250 to present to the Montcalm Community College Food Pantry.
Between Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, Collegiate Farm Bureau members were challenged to join the effort to fight hunger by competing against other Michigan collegiate chapters. The chapter contributing the most volunteer hours, dollars donated and pounds of food collected will be recognized at the state level and given $250 to distribute to a hunger-relief organization of their choice.
Only donations and volunteer hours contributed by Collegiate Farm Bureau members or collected at a Collegiate Farm Bureau event count towards the chapter’s total.
Collegiate efforts can count towards a county and/or district Harvest For All contest total, though collegiate chapters will need to separate out their specific contribution of donations and volunteer hours during a county event to submit toward the collegiate contest.
Gardner encourages counties to connect with their collegiate advisor and chapter to increase the impact made on the local community as well as the individual impact on the collegiate members.
“Harvest for All events offer opportunities for our students to learn why it is important to give back to their community and support their neighbors,” he said. “Hopefully these experiences will continue through their personal and professional lives after college.”