T-shirts sales during the Young Ag Professionals winter conference.

Young Ag Professionals’ donate $10,000 to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (OFBF) – Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Young Agricultural Professionals (YAP) raised $5,177 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank by selling T-shirts that carried positive messages about Ohio agriculture. Ohio Farm Bureau’s board of trustees voted to add an additional $5,000 to the donation, raising the total to $10,177.

The T-shirts were sold online and during the Young Ag Professionals winter conference, which brought more than 540 young farmers and professionals from around Ohio together to network and learn more about many different aspects of Ohio farming and food.

A total of 1,073 shirts were sold this year, meeting an ambitious goal set by the YAP Advisory Team to sell 1,000 shirts, more than double last year’s sales.

“The committee and I have been overwhelmed by the response to the T-shirt sale and thrilled to be able to raise double the amount we raised for Mid-Ohio Foodbank last year,” said Melinda Witten, YAP coordinator. “We also are very thankful to the OFBF board of trustees for donating an additional $5,000 to the cause.”

“In our initiatives to acquire more fresh foods, we value our relationships with the local agriculture industry,” said Matt Habash, president and CEO of Mid-Ohio Foodbank, “We appreciate the contributions of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and Young Ag Professionals to help us create a hunger-free, healthier and flourishing Ohio.”

OFBF’s Young Ag Professionals raised money for Mid-Ohio Foodbank as a part of American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers’ Harvest for All program which aims to provide food to those in need.

Young Agricultural Professionals is a group for people ages 18 to 35 interested in networking, improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more or get involved, visit Facebook.com/YoungAgProfessionals.

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CONTACT: Melinda Witten

PHONE: (614) 246-8263

E-MAIL: [email protected]

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