As fieldwork yields to frequent trips to the elevator, farmers may want to consider donating a portion of their load to benefit the Midwest Food Bank.
The Harvest for the Holidays program creates a way that farmers can donate 10 or more bushels of corn or soybeans to participating elevators through Dec. 14.
The donated grain will be sold on the cash grain market on Dec. 14. All proceeds will benefit the Midwest Food Bank food distribution efforts. A list of participating elevators and more information can be found at www.harvestfortheholidays.com.
"Last year the efforts of area Farm Bureaus, sponsors and the AgriBusiness Department at 1470 WMBD and Classic Country 1290 WIRL were able to raise over $30,000 for the Midwest Food Bank – we hope to surpass
that amount this year," says AgriBusiness Director DeAnna Thomas.
The Midwest Food Bank is a volunteer organization that supplies food free of charge to over 600 not-for-profit agencies throughout Illinois and Indiana. MFB is also active in disaster relief in the U.S. and also donates food supplies to alleviate suffering internationally.
"We are excited that this program allows Illinois grown agricultural products to be used in our Tender Mercies food program," adds Larry Herman, Midwest Food Bank. "The volunteer packaged rice, beans, soy protein and fortified chicken flavoring is a great way to introduce a better quality of life to those that are nutritionally insecure. It is presently aiding school backpack programs, township pantries and providing health to thousands of children and families in Illinois."
Harvest for the Holidays partners and contributors include:
1470 WMBD and Classic Country 1290 WIRL
Pioneer – SE-Hoeft Enterprises, Channel Seed, Midstate AG, AG-Land FS, Weaver Ridge, KCM Truck and Equipment Repair
Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Mason, Marshall-Putnam and McLean County Farm Bureaus
Illinois Farm Bureaus Young Leaders in Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Mason, Marshall-Putnam, and Mclean counties.