Jan. 31 is the deadline for applying for a new Feeding the Future Grant from Farm Bureau Insurance’s Agent Charitable Fund (ACF).
New to ACF’s lineup of grant programs, Feeding the Future awards of up to $2,500 will go to Michigan public, private or charter school districts demonstrating a need to combat food insecurity within its student body. Interested school district officials should work with their local Farm Bureau Insurance agent to apply; click on ‘find an agent’ at the Farm Bureau Insurance website.
Available twice annually, another cycle of Feeding the Future Grants will be available in the fall.
ACF is a donor-designated fund within the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, launched in 2018 by agents passionate about supporting their local communities and striving to end hunger in Michigan.
Alpena-based agent Bobby Barrigar co-chairs the effort.
“The Agent Charitable Fund is a group of Farm Bureau Insurance agents who seek to solve the problem of hunger in our Michigan communities, specifically when children are impacted,” Barrigar said. “It’s a way to combine the efforts of independent agents across the state to make a larger impact, and at a fast pace.
Since its inception, donors have pledged and raised more than $1 million in support; more than 200 agents statewide donate upwards of $170,000 annually toward the fund’s support.
In three years the fund has given more than $379,000 to communities fighting to end hunger:
ACF also manages two other hunger relief programs: