Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) recognized members in District 11 for their outstanding work to help those in need through the Harvest for All program.
Harvest for All challenges Farm Bureau members across the country to share agriculture's bounty and help neighbors in need, by donating surplus agricultural commodities, non-perishable food products, money and/or volunteer hours to local food banks.
Comprised of Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego and Presque Isle counties, District 11 took the top spot for the second year in a row and logged 656 volunteer hours — more than half of the total volunteer hours donated by county Farm Bureau’s across the state — while bringing in more than 15,700 pounds of commodities and food.
Their efforts, combined with other county Farm Bureau members in Michigan, yielded a massive donation to Harvest for All in 2022, including:
- More than 41,722 pounds of food
- $42,221 in financial donations, an increase of more than $21,000 from 2021
- 966 hours of volunteer time
District 11’s Christian Tollini accepted a $1,000 check as a prize on behalf of the district at MFB’s Young Farmer Leadership Conference. The funds will be donated to the St. Thomas Food Pantry, a ministry of St. Thomas Lutheran Church that serves hundreds of individuals in need of food in Cheboygan County every week.
Coordinated by MFB’s State Young Farmer Committee, the state’s Harvest for All contest has been encouraging Michigan Farm Bureau members to feed Michigan for 18 consecutive years.