During 2011, Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers partnered with the Federation of Virginia Food Banks to help increase the availability of healthier and more nutritious food items to the Food Bank partners. Through this partnership and the Food Bank’s “Fresh Foods for Virginias” initiative, the availability of local, fresh produce for the Food Banks was increased by over 1.2 million pounds. We shared one example of this partnership in an article
by our friends at College Run Farms where they partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Food Bank and the Society of St. Andrew to glean over 1,800 pounds of sweet corn last summer.
Thank you to the Virginia Peanut Growers Association, Colonial Farm Credit and Beechland Farms for helping us donate 72 jars of peanut butter!
At the recent Farm Bureau Young Farmers Winter Expo, this partnership with the Virginia Federation of Food Banks continued as conference attendees were encouraged to bring jars of peanut butter for donation to the Food Bank. Peanut butter continues to remain a staple protein source for the Food Bank and through the efforts of the Maryland and Virginia Farm Bureau Young Farmers; over 550 jars of peanut butter were donated to the area Food Banks.
We look forward to continuing to work with our local Food Bank to increase the availability of local, fresh produce and encourage other farmers to get involved, as well. For more information on how you can become involved in providing the Food Bank with fresh, local produce, contact us at email@example.com
Not a farmer? Become a gleaner and volunteer to help with this worthy cause. For more info, go to: www.endhunger.org or www.vafoodbanks.org
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