Volunteers help harvest a field of watermelons, which were later donated to a food bank.

County Farm Bureaus help meet food needs

Buckeye Farm News

Randy Stuckey, who works with the Mennonite Disaster Services (MDS), heard of an Amish farmer with a large number of watermelons remaining in his fields after his contract had been fulfilled. Stuckey wanted to organize a group of volunteers to help get the watermelons to those in need. He contacted Roy Norman, OFBF organization director in Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams counties, to ask for assistance.

Norman spread the word and approximately 16 individuals volunteered to harvest the watermelons, including several members of the 8th grade football team from the Archbold schools.

“We do this because it is the right thing to do,” Stuckey said.

Also, for the second year in a row, the Mahoning County Farm Bureau, under the leadership of Doug Martig, Mahoning County Farm Bureau’s Food and Animal Issues action team leader, teamed up with the Jr. Fair Livestock Committee and the Senior Fair Board of the Canfield Fair, to donate meat to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. Farm Bureau promoted the program to several buyers at the Jr. Fair livestock sale. The buyers purchased the animal and paid for the processing. Approximately 750 pounds of meat was donated.

“We are so appreciative of the Mahoning County Farm Bureau for spearheading this program,” said Becky Miller, of Second Harvest. “Meat is one of the most important products we can distribute and one of the most difficult to get.”


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