According to the Food Bank Council of Michigan (FBCM), hunger is a reality for nearly a million Michigan people, young and old, who never imagined they would be dependent on food banks, pantries, shelters, and school lunch programs.

For that reason, Michigan Farm Bureau's Young Farmer and Promotion & Education Committees will be working with the FBCM and the Michigan Agricultural Surplus System (MASS) to encourage Farm Bureau members to help fight hunger in Michigan.

The Young Farmer Committee began their Harvest for All efforts with a project at the county fair called “Corn Hole for Hunger.”  We were able to promote agriculture, involve over 50 FFA and 4-H members in our corn hole tournament and also purchase a pig at the fair auction to be donated to the Michigan Food Bank.

We hope to make this an annual event at the county fair that will reach out to future Jackson County Farm Bureau Young Farmers as well as promote the Harvest for All program.  All while doing our part as American farmers to feed an ever growing population in our state, country and around the world.

Our board sponsors were:  Matthew Greiner, Rappleye Farms, Hotchkin Farms, Matthew Reinker, Weir Farms and Choate’s Belly Acres.  We appreciate their financial support.


How can YOU help?

Contact the Michigan Agricultural Surplus System (MASS) at (800)552-4483 and donate surplus commodities to local food banks.

Donate food and grocery products, give needed items at community food drives, or take the lead and organize your own. Contact your local food bank or food rescue organization to help you get started.

Make a financial gift to get food to hungry people across our state by calling the Food Bank Council of Michigan at (800)552-4483 or visiting http://www.fbcmich.org. Just one dollar can buy four bags of groceries!

Volunteer in your local community. There are many ways to get involved, from sorting groceries, to serving food, to lending professional skills. Your local food bank or food rescue organization can tell you how you can help. Visit http://www.fbcmich.org to locate your local food bank or food rescue organization.