Miami County Farm Bureau along with Troy Elevator was pleased to present over $11,000 to four local organizations in Miami County recently. Checks were presented to Fletcher Food Pantry for $3,069.64; the Needy Basket for $3,910.34; Newton Food Pantry for $3,814.91; and Health Partners Free Clinic for $555.64.
This is the seventh year of the Bushels for Hunger project, which has donated more than $45,000 to local Miami County Food Banks.
The Bushels for Hunger project has been a great opportunity for our local farmers to give back to the community. During harvest when the farmers take their grain to Troy Elevator, they are asked if they would like to donate bushels of soybeans, wheat or corn to the Bushels for Hunger program. The proceeds from the sale are donated to the program. In the past six years, the program has had an astounding amount of generosity from local farmers.
This year Bushels for Hunger once again partnered with the Miami County Park District and Health Partners Free Clinic. Both organizations donated land for the program to grow its own soybeans. There were four acres at the park district and two acres behind the Free Clinic. Along with the land, all the seed, fertilizer and planting were donated.
We would like to thank the following people and companies for helping with this community project: David Demmitt for planting the four acres at the park district; Dwayne Taylor for donating the seed, planting, and spraying the field behind the Free Clinic; Heritage Co-op for donating the seed for the Park District field; and Dennis Clark with Harvest Land Co-op for spraying the field at the Park District. Without support and time given from these people and companies this project would not be possible.