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Indiana Farm Bureau

NEWS RELEASE

December 20, 2013

For more information: Mindy Reef, 317-692-7822, mreef@infarmbureau.org

Chris Fenner, 317-692-7844, cfenner@infarmbureau.org

Note to editors, news directors: One of the donations mentioned in this release went to Gleaners Food Bank, which is active statewide. The second went to Community Harvest Food Bank, which is active in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties.

Farm Bureau members donate to Gleaners, local food bank

More than $11,000 in donations to hunger relief organizations was collected from Farm Bureau members at Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual convention, held last weekend in Fort Wayne.

The silent auction coordinated by IFB’s Young Farmer Committee raised $6, 706 that went to Gleaners Food Bank to support feeding hungry Hoosiers across the state.
            Gleaners distributes food and grocery items to more than 350 relief agencies who serve Indiana’s hungry.

IFB members also donated $4,890 to Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. Members donated money by purchasing special tickets to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops performance on Friday night.

“As farmers and producers of food, we are vested in feeding hungry people in Indiana,” said Chris Fenner, IFB’s director of field services and chairman of the convention committee. “Alleviating hunger is an issue that’s important us as an organization.”

Community Harvest serves food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers, and youth and senior citizen programs in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley counties. In an average week, the food bank distributes more than 200,000 pounds of food throughout its service area.

Indiana Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization, with approximately 75,000 farmer members and 190,000 associate members.

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