“Bushels for Hunger” Grain Drive Kicks off 13th Year
The Bushels for Hunger program is kicking off its 13th year of area farmers helping local families. Farmers can donate bushels of grain at participating elevators from October 1, 2022 until January 31, 2023. Proceeds from grain sales will benefit River Bend Food Bank and food pantries throughout the Quad City area. Since 2010, area farmers have donated a total of $277,000 and provided over 1.4 million meals to those in need.
Mercer County farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director Jeff Kirwan is excited about this years’ campaign. “It’s exciting to see the Bushels for Hunger campaign still going strong 13 years after it began. Our local farmers continue to generously donate thousands of bushels of grain to help fight hunger in the Quad City communities,” Kirwan says.
Mike Secymore, Grain Merchandiser with Gold Star FS said, “I believe that the Bushels for Hunger program is a good way for the local farmers to give back to the community. It is nice that the money stays here locally and is helping neighbors who may be struggling to put food on the table.”
The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by the following three Illinois County Farm Bureaus: Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer in conjunction with the following area grain elevators and ethanol plants: Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Gavilon, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, River Valley Cooperative and Rumbold & Kuhn. For more information, contact your local County Farm Bureau.