Guernsey County: Neighbors helping neighbors

Several groups have recently joined forces to help fill the freezers of local food banks with nutritious meat.

Having received a suggestion from the national office of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry that an attempt should be made to help meet the current needs of local food banks, Kathi Albertson, the local coordinator, went to the Guernsey County Farm Bureau for help. She asked for suggestions as to how to purchase discounted meat from local farmers. Members of the board sprang into action.

Board Member Garry Burroughs contacted Randy Raber of Red Hill Farm and owner of The Bears Den and 360 Burger. The result was the donation of a steer to FHFH who will pay for the processing and packaging of the meat to be given to the Grace Food Pantry using funds previously donated in part by the Cambridge Kiwanis Foundation and Walmart.

Another board member donated a hog to FHFH for distribution to those in need in Noble County. FHFH funds used to butcher that animal were provided in part by Gulfport Energy through the Appalachian Foundation. Stephanie Laube of the United Way of Guernsey and Noble counties is coordinating distribution of that meat.

Guernsey County has many caring and generous neighbors. Working together, we will help each other make it through this crisis. More information about Guernsey County Farm Bureau and their many projects is available by phone 740-425-3681 or email [email protected].