In the first ever “Harvest for Hunger” dinner held on a local farm, the Holmes County Farm Bureau brought together 80 individuals and raised $9,462 for the Love Center. The total contribution will be divided among the food pantries in Holmes County.
Guests of “Harvest for Hunger” started the evening with a tour of Hi-Hills Farm in Glenmont. The farm is a working dairy with 600 cows, 600 acres of corn and 200 acres of hay.
Following a brief tour of the barns, guests were taken to a newly built barn for wine tasting and appetizers. A gourmet meal was prepared and served by Smithhisler’s Meats of Mount Vernon.
“We are so thankful that we were able to host an event like this and give so much back to the community,” said Kayla Jones, organization director for Holmes County Farm Bureau. “Helping out our local community is a goal of the organization and this is just another small way we can try to make a difference.”
The funds raised from “Harvest for Hunger” will be distributed to four food pantries in Holmes County based in their annual distributions. Holmes County Farm Bureau President Christie Stitzlein said, “Holmes County Farm Bureau couldn’t have chosen a better cause for the funds raised because those funds will help so many families in need in our county”.
“Harvest for Hunger” is planned to be an annual event. Information about next year’s event will be shared as soon as the details are finalized. “I am so grateful for the support this event received from both local businesses and guests in attendance. It wouldn’t have been successful without them,” stated Sitizlein.