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Farm Bureau donates $20K to food banks

POSTED: December 19, 2013 4:33 p.m.
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Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee Chair Garrett Ganas, right, and GFB President Zippy Duvall present a check for the proceeds of the 2013 Harvest For All campaign to Georgia Food Bank Association Executive Director Danah Craft during the 2013 GFB Annual Convention on Jekyll Island.

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Georgia Farm Bureau’s annual Harvest For All campaign is aimed at providing food to those who have struggled to put food on the table. For the fourth straight year, the campaign solicited cash donations.

Georgia’s 158 county Farm Bureau chapters contributed $20,000, which was presented to Georgia Food Bank Association Director Danah Craft during Georgia Farm Bureau’s 76th annual convention on Jekyll Island.

An average of more than 640,000 Georgia households, or 16.9 percent, experienced uncertainty about their access to food from 2010 to 2012, according to a report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service.

That need, which translates to 1.64 million people statewide (based on the Census Bureau’s published average of 2.55 persons per household), continues even as reports of an improving economy abound. Nationally, 14.7 percent of households experienced food insecurity from 2010 to 2012.

 “There is so much need out there, and in many cases it’s right next door,” said GFB President Zippy Duvall. “While Georgia Farm Bureau is focused on being the voice of Georgia farmers, we are always mindful that we have fellow Georgians who are struggling to acquire basic food necessities for their families. The Harvest For All campaign is a great way to help those families access food.”

The GFB Young Farmer Committee coordinated the 9th annual Harvest For All campaign.

“Food banks gladly accept food donations and we stretch them as far as we can,” Craft said. “Cash donations like this are a critical component of efforts to combat hunger. They allow food banks to buy protein to supplement the donated food they take in.”


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