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Meat Donation Drive Raises $1,141

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John Williams, Cub Foods Manager, (left) and J.C. Zimmerman, McLean County Farm Bureau board member (center) present the Meat Donation Drive funds to Mike Meece of Midwest Food Bank.

McLean County Farm Bureau helped raise $1,141 to purchase meat for Midwest Food Bank with a donation drive at Cub Foods March 16-22. The drive generated $641 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 J.C. Zimmerman, a grain and pork farmer from near Saybrook. Zimmerman 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 Cub Foods and their great customers for their support. Together we are all ‘meating’ the need.”

Farmers volunteered to bag groceries at Cub Foods during the week to help promote the drive.

“Our goal is also to help non-farmers build a connection to the family farmers who grow and raise their food,” Zimmerman 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 2014 Meat Donation Drive marks the third year for the program and a combined total of more than $4,200 has been contributed to Midwest Food Bank through the annual event. Support for the program was also provided by a grant from the Illinois Corn Marketing Board.

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