The farm and ranch families that make up the American Farm Bureau donated 53 million pounds of food and raised almost $1.5 million to assist hungry Americans in 2020.
It’s all a part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program. Combined, the monetary and food donations totaled the equivalent of 53 million meals.
The Young Farmers and Ranchers donation programs complemented the Farm Bureau’s donations to support COVID-19 relief of $5.4 million and 1.4 million pounds of food, announced in January.
In addition to raising food and funds for the initiative, farmers and ranched tallied almost 23,000 volunteer hours assisting local hunger groups in 2020.
“Hunger remains a concern for people from all walks of life, including many rural Americans and residents of farming communities,” says Jon Iverson of Oregon, Chair of the AFBF’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. “Farm Bureau’s longstanding commitment to helping put food on the tables of those in need through the Harvest for All outreach is more important than ever as the effects of COVID-19 continue.”
Florida’s Farm Bureau took the top honors for donating the most food and raising the most money in 2020 by donating 43 million pounds of food and $413,000.