Harvest season brings hunger relief

By on November 16, 2009

Kane County—Kane County Farmers are harvesting the 2009 corn and soybean crop and with it will provide some much needed relief to area food pantries.

Nearly 40 farm families, agricultural businesses and individual donors have raised over $10,000 in the Kane County Farm Bureau’s Harvest for ALL campaign to help restock the shelves of local food pantries. Through Harvest for ALL, producers donate a portion of the proceeds from this year’s harvest to a Kane County food pantry of their choice.

“There is definitely a need here in our area,” Kane County Farm Bureau Vice President Joe White said. “Harvest for ALL is a great opportunity for farmers and non-farmers alike to help our neighbors who rely on the food pantries in Kane County.”

White operates a grain farm in Kaneville. As part of Harvest for ALL, he will sell 100 bushels of this year’s corn crop at the grain elevator and donate it directly to the Elburn Food Pantry.

White recently joined members of the Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers Committee and Farm Bureau staff in distributing maps to local grain elevators.

“We’ve placed the displays and pledge forms in the grain elevator offices to give farmers a chance to join the producers who have already contributed,” he said. “We hope it makes a real connection with the grain they’re bringing in and the good that they can do by donating to the cause.”

Each HFA participant is able to choose the specific food pantry they would like to receive their donation, so they know it will help fill the need in their community.

“Hunger is a year round need,” said Major Steven Koehler of the Salvation Army in St. Charles. “We provide assistance to around 300 families every month, which amounts to around 500 bags of groceries every month.”

Koehler said that his pantry has seen the need increase lately.

“The donations we have received through Harvest for ALL are very much appreciated,” he said.

The value of all cash contributions and crops contributed or pledged thus far is well over $10,000 and includes the proceeds from an estimated 1,100 bushels of corn, 300 bushels of soybeans, 200 bushels of wheat, and an acre of hay. Donations also included vegetable plants for a food pantry community garden, fresh eggs, a vanload of fresh vegetables and $1,700 in cash. Pledges and donations have been designated to benefit a dozen local food pantries and one regional food bank.

For more information about the program, visit www.kanecfb.com and click on the Harvest for All link at the top of the page, or call the Kane County Farm Bureau at (630) 584-8660.