This fall, farmers throughout the area are donating bushels of grain as a fundraiser for the River Bend Foodbank through the program “Bushels for Hunger.”
Farmers often bring harvested corn and soybeans to near-by grain elevators to be sold or for storage. When they unload the crop, the elevator clerk will ask if the farmer would like to donate bushels of grain to fight hunger. All the grain donated will be sold and the money earned will be donated to the River Bend foodbank.
Caren Laughlin, Marketing Director of the River Bend Foodbank, stated that “Every week approximately 10,000 people are served by the Foodbank’s distribution network and last year we distributed more than 7 million pounds of food annually, which helped to provide an additional 5 million meals to the hungry.” Laughlin also added that 40% of those consuming the food are children.
“As a farmer, it’s hard to accept the fact that here, in the world’s bread basket, one in six people go to bed hungry,” said Todd VerHeecke, Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Young Leader Representative. “Every day, I work to grow healthy, safe food. Today, I’m donating part of my harvest to make sure that food gets to people in need.”
“Harvest is stressful and extremely busy,” said Wayne Anderson, Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director, “but we are happy to still find time to help out the River Bend Food Bank. Nearly three in 20 people living in rural communities are in need. It’s a number I know we can reduce.”
Laughlin said, “Bushels for Hunger helps the foodbank by supporting our efforts to obtain more food to supply our agencies who greatly depend on us as a vital food source.”
The elevators participating in Bushels for Hunger are: ADM Grain, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CGB, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, Patriot Renewable, River Gulf Grain, River Valley Cooperative, and Rumbold & Kuhn.
The Bushels for Hunger program will continue until November 30. To learn more about the donation, contact the Henry, Rock Island, Mercer, Stark or Whiteside County Farm Bureau®.