Farm Bureau volunteers deliver hunger relief donations

By on January 11, 2010

Kane County—Kane County Farm Bureau volunteers presented a check for $2,757.31 last week to Rita Burnham, Director of the Elburn Food Pantry.

The money is part of more than $13,000 in donations given by 45 area farm families, agricultural businesses and individual donors, who are helping restock the shelves of local food pantries this year in the Farm Bureau’s Harvest for ALL program.

Through Harvest for ALL, farmers donate a portion of the proceeds from their harvest to a Kane County food pantry of their choice, and non-farmers are able to make cash donations to do the same. The contribution made to the Elburn Food Pantry represents donations from 10 donors and includes the proceeds from the harvest of nearly 800 bushels of corn, in addition to cash donations.

According to Burnham, the funds donated through the Harvest for ALL program will be used to purchase food for the families who visit the pantry each month.

“The donations we’ve received through Harvest for ALL will help us feed a lot of hungry people during a time when our demand is very high,” Burnham said. “Many people don’t realize just how many families depend on assistance, especially in this economy.”

Volunteers from the Farm Bureau also presented representatives of the Northern Illinois Food Bank with a check for more than $5,500 for Harvest for ALL donations designated to that organization. Donations were made to 10 other food pantries in the Fox Valley, including more than $1,500 in crop proceeds and in-kind donations to the Salvation Army of St. Charles.

“The Farm Bureau is very happy to present this check to the Elburn Food Pantry on behalf of the many farmers and individuals who have contributed to Harvest for ALL,” said KCFB Vice President Joe White, who operates a grain farm near Elburn. “It’s nice to know that folks right here in our community will benefit from their generosity.”

Harvest for ALL is the first hunger relief campaign of its kind in Kane County, and has earned national recognition from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Donations and pledges made to the program thus far include the proceeds from an estimated 1,100 bushels of corn, 300 bushels of soybeans, 200 bushels of wheat, an acre of hay, vegetables from a food pantry community garden, fresh eggs, vanloads of fresh vegetables, and nearly $6,000 in cash.

For more information about the program, go to 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.