Holmes County was recognized for outstanding programming with its event Harvest for Hunger at the 99th Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting. A total of 20 awards were presented to counties with outstanding programs in 2017 during the Dec. 6-8 meeting in Columbus.
The winning counties represent excellence in local activities that support Farm Bureau’s strategic efforts. Those include programs to strengthen the organization and build membership, affect public policy, promote agriculture and enhance the organization’s relationship with long-standing partner Nationwide.
The award applications were judged by volunteer Farm Bureau members, and counties were placed in four divisions based on the size of their membership.
During the awards ceremony, Ohio Farm Bureau Executive Vice President Adam Sharp said, “Every member in the county plays an important part in these programs’ success, from volunteering to serve on action teams and committees, to the planning of the various activities, to talking with neighbors about the issues that impact agriculture and how important it is for all of us to keep Farm Bureau and agriculture strong.”
“Harvest for Hunger” was held on a local dairy farm in September and raised over $9,000 for Holmes County food pantries.
“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 with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. “We are honored to be recognized at the state level for this outstanding event. Out county volunteers truly put their hearts into this event and have earned this recognition.”
The funds raised from Harvest for Hunger were distributed to four food pantries in Holmes County based in their annual distributions. Additionally, the Holmes County Farm Bureau board of trustees toured the Love Center and learned more about the need for these organizations. Holmes County Farm Bureau President Christie Stitzlein stated, “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.