Help Belmont County Farm Bureau Feed Hungry Children

Belmont County Farm Bureau is currently raising funds to provide packaged meals to be used by four schools in Belmont County that have expressed a need. The schools are Barnesville, Bellaire, St. Clairsville and Union Local. This backpack food program provides food for needy students to take home for the weekend. To date, a total of $18,285 has been donated by 80 various businesses, organizations and individuals. With five weeks remaining until the June 1 deadline, Farm Bureau is reminding everyone there is still time to make a donation.

How funds are used

100% of the donations will be used to purchase bulk ingredients from the nonprofit, The Outreach Program. Each of the two different vitamin and mineral fortified, protein rich, hot meal varieties contain six servings, with a cost of $1.80 per meal. The meals to be distributed are macaroni and cheese dinner made with real cheese, and apple cinnamon oatmeal.  A donation of $100 would provide 333 servings.  After the meals are packaged, they will be stored and distributed according to each school’s need for their number of backpacks. Currently the number of backpacks prepared by the four schools totals 293 weekly.

Meal packaging event

Belmont County Farm Bureau will be hosting a COVID-19 compliant meal packaging event on Saturday, June 26 starting at noon, and on Sunday, June 27 starting at 1 p.m. at The Rock gymnasium, located at 440 Watt Ave Barnesville, Ohio 43713. All individuals or groups are welcome to come and participate at the packaging event. It will be an amazing and life changing opportunity to help hungry kids have a hot meal to eat.


To donate, checks may be made out to Belmont County Farm Bureau and mailed to 100 Colonel Drive, Barnesville, Ohio 43713. Contact the Farm Bureau office at 740-425-3681 for credit card donations. All amounts are welcome with 100% of donations going to the meals. The Outreach Program is a 501 (c) 3 organization, which qualifies for tax deductible donations. All who contribute will receive a letter from The Outreach Program with an explanation of their donation for tax purposes.

If you have any questions about donating or helping at the packaging event, please contact Belmont County Farm Bureau, 740-425-3681, or the event coordinator Devin Cain, 740-391-0869.


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