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Meat Donation Drive

McLean County farmers invite you to help “meat” needs in our community with a Meat Donation Drive March 8-14 at Cub Foods in Bloomington.

Stop by Cub Foods and purchase a donation coupon for one, three or five dollars and McLean County Farm Bureau® will match all donations up to a total of $500. All proceeds will be used to buy meat for Midwest Food Bank.

“We’re excited to sponsor this Meat Donation Drive as a way to give back to our local communities,” says Marie Denzer-Farley, a grain and pork former from Danvers. “We are happy to help provide meat for our neighbors in need.”

Midwest Food Bank supplies food to 230 agencies from their Bloomington local, including 70 in McLean County and currently only has enough donations for about 5 of those agencies to receive meat on a weekly basis, according to Mike Hoffman, Director of Operations for the food bank.

To help bridge the gap, local family farmers encourage you to make a contribution.

“We also want to help people make the connection between the food in the grocery store and the family farmers who grow it,” says Denzer-Farley, who also serves on the McLean County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. “Almost all of the corn grown in McLean County is field corn, not sweet corn, which is used for livestock feed, ethanol and many other products.”

The Meat Donation Drive will be offered in partnership with Cub Foods.

“Our associates are proud to play a part in this campaign,” says Mike Rees, Assistant Store Manager for Cub Foods. “We look at it as an opportunity to continue our strong relationship with Midwest Food Bank and give back to our community.”

The 2015 Meat Donation Drive marks the fourth year for the program and McLean County Farm Bureau hopes to exceed last year’s contribution. A combined total of more than $4,200 was contributed in 2012-14.

“The efforts of last year’s food drives have helped us reach out to our pantries with more meat than ever before,” Hoffman says. “We appreciate the efforts of Farm Bureau and Cub Foods, along with the support of all those who participate in this food drive. Together we are making a difference in our local communities.”

Matching funds for the Meat Donation Drive are provided in part by a grant from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

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