Ohio youth and agricultural education will be the beneficiaries of Ohio Farm Bureau and Friends Days at Bob Evans Restaurants, May 16 and May 17. Fifteen percent of sales from any of Bob Evans’ Ohio restaurants will be donated to the Ohio FFA Foundation, Ohio 4-H Foundation and Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. It is expected to be the largest community fundraiser in the history of Bob Evans Restaurants.
Patrons must present a printed community fundraiser flyer upon checkout. The flyer is available from local 4-H, FFA and county Farm Bureaus, can be downloaded and printed from ofbf.org or can be found in recent issues of Farm Bureau’s publications Our Ohio magazine and Buckeye Farm News. The fundraising opportunity applies to dine in and carryout meals, gift cards and other merchandise. Bob Evans has 194 Ohio restaurants in 69 counties.
“As longtime supporters of both agriculture and education, Bob Evans is proud to partner with the Ohio Farm Bureau in its initiatives to develop the next generation of farmers and promote the important work of Ohio’s farm community,” said Saed Mohseni, president and CEO of Bob Evans. “Agriculture is part of our past and present – from our rich history shaped on our Homestead Farm in Rio Grande to our relationships today with the farmers who produce the great foods we serve in our restaurants – and we look forward to a successful fundraiser for Ag Days.”
“This will be a tremendous boost for Ohio’s agricultural education programs and the young people they support,” said Jack Fisher, executive vice president of Ohio Farm Bureau. “Bob Evans is making a very generous investment in our communities, so I encourage everyone to get a flyer, visit their local restaurant, have a great meal and help Ohio’s youth.”
Ohio 4-H is the youth development program of OSU Extension that gives children and teens the opportunities to learn and practice life skills through involvement in activities focused on citizenship, healthy living and science.
The Ohio FFA promotes premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. In Ohio, there are more than 25,000 middle and high school students participating in agricultural education programs encompassing all aspects of the science and production of agriculture.
Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission is to forge a partnership between farmers and consumers. The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation strives to support the next generation of agricultural producers, scientists, business and community leaders.
Bob Evans owns and operates family restaurants in 19 states and is a leading producer of refrigerated side dishes, pork sausage and other food items.