For the eight year, local farmers gave back to their communities with donations to the River Bend Foodbank.

For the eight year, local farmers gave back to their communities with donations to the River Bend Foodbank.

Mercer County farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District No. 3 director Jeff Kirwan presented the donation of $19,243 to Mike Miller of River Bend Foodbank, in Moline.

“Thanks to the generous donations of thousands of bushels of grain to the Bushels for Hunger campaign, local farmers worked together to fight hunger in the Quad City community with these funds” Kirwan said.

In the last eight years, the Bushels for Hunger program has contributed more than $200,000 to the River Bend Foodbank.

“Local neighbors and farmers in the five county area of Illinois were anxious to pitch in and help fight hunger in their community — this money will help provide countless meals in the River Bend food bank area,” said Mike Secymore, a grain merchandiser for Gold Star FS.

The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by the following five Illinois County Farm Bureaus: Rock Island, Henry, Mercer, Whiteside and Stark in conjunction with the following area grain elevators and ethanol plants: ADM, Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, Michlig Grain, River Gulf Grain, River Valley Cooperative and Rumbold & Kuhn.