Your membership dollars are used in a variety of ways, one of which is supporting programs, events and charities in communities all across Ohio. Nearly all county Farm Bureaus use membership dollars to plan events that raise money for food banks, scholarships, youth programs and various other community programs.
Rough estimates reveal that county Farm Bureaus raised nearly $78,000 for food banks and pantries around the state. Many of these organizations can double and quadruple cash donations when purchasing food. In addition, about 3,500 pounds of food was donated by the counties. County Farm Bureaus also raised and donated more than $53,000 to 4-H and county fair youth programs. Here are a few specific examples of the fundraisers and donations from this past year:
- Cultivating a Cure, an annual fundraiser started by Nationwide board member and former Ohio Farm Bureau President Brent Porteus, raised more than $90,000 this year to support cancer treatment and prevention research at Ohio State University. Over the last five years this event has raised more than $282,000 for cancer research.
- Miami County Farm Bureau’s Bushels for Hunger program has raised $35,000 over the last six years. Funds are raised through the collective sale of bushels of grain donated by local farmers. Funds are donated each year to local food banks and shelters on a rotating basis.
- Delaware County Farm Bureau raised $20,000 for Mid-Ohio Foodbank through its Benefit in the Barn Symphony on the Farm event.
- Stark County Farm Bureau donated $12,750 to numerous causes including Northeast Ohio Farm to School Program, Ohio State University Extension-Stark County, Stark County 4-H, Stark County Soil and Water Conservation District, Stark County Fairgrounds, Ohio Beef Expo, Ohio FFA, All American Youth Horse Show, Pelotonia and Whispering Grace Horses.
- Knox County Farm Bureau raised $8,725 for United Way of Knox County with ticket sales to the on-farm dinner event Taste of Summer and a live auction at the event.
- Medina County Farm Bureau raised $8,000 through its annual Season’s Harvest dinner for Feeding Medina County, the local food bank distribution center. The food bank was able to quadruple cash donations, estimating the donation was the equivalent of $32,000 worth of foodstuffs.
- Muskingum County Farm Bureau raised $7,320 for the Muskingum County Hunger Network through ticket sales to its Dinner on the Farm event and a silent auction.
- Summit County Farm Bureau raised $6,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Akron through ticket sales to a dinner on the farm event.
- Licking County Farm Bureau collected donations and canned food at its Farmers Share Breakfast resulting in $1,000 and 455 pounds of food donated to the Food Pantry Network.
Published in the January/February 2016 issue of Our Ohio.
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