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McLean County Farm Bureau ‘Meats’ Local Needs

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McLean County Farm Bureau board member, Marie Denzer-Farley (right) and Bloomington Hy-Vee Store Director, Andrew Cochran present $1,130 raised during the 2016 Meat Donation Drive to Mike Hoffman of Midwest Food Bank.

McLean County farmers helped raise $1,130 to purchase meat for Midwest Food Bank with a donation drive at Hy-Vee March 10-26.

The drive generated $630 in donations from community members and McLean County Farm Bureau contributed a $500 match.

Midwest Food Bank supplies food to 70 agencies in McLean County, but currently has only enough meat donated for 5 of those agencies to receive meat on a weekly basis, according to Mike Hoffman, Director of Operations for Midwest Food Bank.

“As local family farmers, we wanted to show our commitment to our communities and sponsoring this meat donation drive allowed us to help our neighbors in need,” said Marie Denzer-Farley, a grain and pork farmer from near Danvers. Denzer-Farley serves on the McLean County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.

“Midwest Food Bank appreciates the efforts and concern from McLean County Farm Bureau for those in our communities that are in need. This donation will go a long way in helping to put healthy food on their tables,” said Hoffman. “Thanks also to Hy-Vee and their great customers for their support. Together we are all ‘meating’ the need.”

“Our goal is also to help non-farmers build a connection to the family farmers who grow and raise their food,” Denzer-Farley said. “McLean County’s top crops are corn and soybeans – which provide an important feed source for cattle, pigs and poultry. The corn we grow is feed for your food.”
The 2016 Meat Donation Drive marks the fifth year for the program and a combined total of more than $6,000 has been contributed to Midwest Food Bank through the annual event.

“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.”

Support for the program was provided by a grant from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

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