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Young Ag Professionals’ T-shirt sale results in $8,823 donation to Mid-Ohio Foodbank

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Agricultural Professionals raised $3,823 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 $8,823.

The T-shirts were sold online and during the Young Ag Professionals annual conference in January, which brought more than 700 young farmers and professionals from around Ohio together to network and learn more about many different aspects of Ohio farming and food.

“The committee and I have been overwhelmed by the response to the T-shirt sale each year and are thrilled to be able to raise funds for the important work Mid-Ohio Foodbank does fighting food insecurity,” said Melinda Witten, Ohio Farm Bureau director of leadership programming and Young Ag Professionals coordinator. “We also are very thankful to the Ohio Farm Bureau 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.”

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals raise money for Mid-Ohio Foodbank as a part of American Farm Bureau’s 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 who are interested in improving the business of agriculture, learning new ideas and developing leadership skills. To learn more or to get involved, visit experienceyap.com.

This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230.

Editors: A high-resolution photo is available to accompany this story.

Caption: Stephanie Warner of Mid-Ohio Foodbank (center) receives a donation from OFBF Young Ag Professionals leaders Doug Toops and Liz Funderburgh.