While it sounds almost too good to be true, three Ohio consumers are the lucky winners of “Free Groceries for a Year!,” courtesy of Ohio’s farmers, following the 90-day sweepstakes entry period.
The winners, who were drawn at random from more than 207,000 consumer registrations, are:
- Robert Duncan, Fairborn (in the Dayton area)
- Melissa Mattox, Cincinnati
- Robert Chidester, Marion (north of Columbus)
Ohio’s farmers will present each of the winners with gift cards for $5,000* in free groceries, which can be redeemed at their preferred grocery retailer.
Starting back in July, residents from across the state visited www.FarmersFeedUS.org to register for a chance to win. While doing so, they had the chance to meet seven Ohio farmers, and then take a video tour of their farms. Each video explains how they produce safe, nutritious and affordable food for Ohio consumers.
“Throughout the sweepstakes, it was great to see the support consumers showed for the farmers who raise their food,” said Jim Heimerl, a hog farmer from Johnstown, Ohio, who is featured on FarmersFeedUS.org. “And as Ohio farmers, we’re proud to showcase our farms, sharing how we raise the food that Ohio consumers eat, while also introducing them to our families.”
While the sweepstakes registration period is over, the Ohio Farmers Feed US Web site, featuring information about agriculture in the state, is live. Here, consumers can access farmer videos as well as a database of holiday recipes, just in time for the holiday season.
Groups who participated in Farmers Feed US include Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio Livestock Coalition, Ohio Beef Council, Ohio Pork Producers Council, Ohio Lamb Marketing Board, American Lamb Board, Ohio Soybean Council, Ohio Poultry Association, and American Dairy Association – Mideast.
*Based on FMI, a $5,000 value.
Full photo caption: From left, Ohio grain farmer Joe Steiner, Mattox, hog farmer Connie Surber, Colt Mattox and Hamilton County Farm Bureau President Steve Knollman.
Chidester photo caption: From left, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President Jack Fisher, hog and grain farmer Randy Brown, winner Joyce Chidester and her husband Bob, livestock farmer Tim Barnes, Executive Director of the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program Roger High and Korre Boyer, Ohio Farm Bureau organization director.
Duncan photo caption: Back row left to right: Scott Peters, sheep farmer, Jim and Denise Percival, sheep farmers, Janelle Mead Ohio Farm Bureau Greene County Organization Director and Chuck Wildman, hog farmer. Duncan Family – Second row left to right: Bob Duncan; Michelle Duncan holding Linda, 7 months old; Lemuel Duncan, 7; Levi, 11. Front row, left to right: Luke, 9; Leonard, 4; and Lilly, 2.