The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau last year raised more than $273,000 and donated more than 18 million pounds of food to hungry Americans as part of Farm Bureau's "Harvest for All" program through Feeding America. Combined, the monetary and food donations provided the equivalent of more than 16 million meals. The money raised, food donated and meal equivalents in 2010 all shattered program records.
Members of Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers program spearhead the "Harvest for All" program across the country, but all facets of Farm Bureau contribute to the effort. The joint effort between Farm Bureau and Feeding America is a national community-action program through which farmers and ranchers can help ensure that every American can enjoy the bounty produced by the nation's farm and ranch families.
Ben LaCross, AFBF YF&R chair and a Cedar, Mich., cherry, plum and apple farmer, says this is clearly one for the record books. Farm Bureau families who participate in "Harvest for All" should be extremely proud of what they have done. Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, says support from Farm Bureau members has helped to feed many people living on the verge of hunger.