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Meat Donation Drive March 20-26

16_MeatDonationDrive_FBAdHelp us “meat” needs in McLean County with a Meat Donation Drive March 20-26 at Hy-Vee in Bloomington!

Stop by Hy-Vee to make a five or ten dollar donation 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 2016 Meat Donation Drive marks the fifth year for the program and McLean County Farm Bureau hopes to exceed last year’s contribution. A combined total of more than $4,700 has contributed to date.

“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 Hy-Vee, 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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