A Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation community service program, HARVEST FOR ALL provides an avenue to contribute to local hunger relief efforts. 100% of the crop, cash and in-kind contributions to HARVEST FOR ALL are directed to local food pantries of the donor’s choosing.
HARVEST FOR ALL encourages local farmers, Farm Bureau members and consumers to support hunger relief efforts. Through HARVEST FOR ALL, local farmers are being asked to donate a portion of their harvest to benefit a local food pantry. But everyone can play a part…
- Make a tax deductible monetary donation
- Donate an acre, or bushels, of the proceeds from your harvest.
- Designate fields that can be gleaned after the harvest, or excess from your farmers market stand.
- Volunteer your time or community group to glean crops from local farm fields, or glean excess produce from area farmers markets.
Kane County Farm Bureau Receives Philanthropic Award
Hunger relief efforts recognized by West Suburban Philanthropic Network
St. Charles, Ill. – The hunger relief efforts of Kane County Farm Bureau and its members were recognized recently by the West Suburban Philanthropic Network. The county’s largest and oldest farm organization was nominated by Northern Illinois Food Bank to receive the Service Club Philanthropic Award.
“Today we honor and recognize these individuals and organizations that are truly committed to philanthropy in our west suburban communities and beyond,” said WSPN President Chrissie Howorth at the May 21st awards ceremony at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca.
Last year, during its centennial year, the Farm Bureau reached the milestone of providing 1 million meals through cumulative hunger relief to local food pantries. Steve Ericson, the Food Bank’s Director of Food Procurement, commented on the Million Meal Challenge achievement.
“One million meals, that’s roughly 36 thousand weeks’ worth of food,” Ericson said. “Kane County Farm Bureau continues to exemplify “walking the talk” in giving back to both suburban and rural neighborhoods.”
The association has a long tradition of hunger relief, and has taken it to another level in recent years through Harvest for ALL, a program started in 2009. Farmer members dedicate a portion of their harvest proceeds to a food pantry of their choice and non-farmers make cash and in-kind donations to likewise feed their neighbors in need.
“Northern Illinois Food Bank is grateful for and blessed to have our relationship with the Kane County Farm Bureau,” Ericson added. “Its programs epitomize how an organization can create meaningful engagement opportunities for its members, allowing them to make impactful, lasting contributions to their communities.”
KCFB President Joe White congratulated the nine other award winners which included individuals as well as corporate and non-profit entities. He also recognized the Farm Bureau members who have contributed to the Farm Bureau’s community service efforts.
“As farmers, we are keenly aware of the challenges ahead of us to feed a global population that is expected to exceed 9 billion in a few short decades,” said White. “But we also recognize that we have neighbors in need, here and now, and that through Harvest for ALL, we can help address that need.”
White thanked the Northern Illinois Food Bank, a major partner in Farm Bureau hunger relief efforts, for its nomination for the WSPN award. Twenty Kane County food pantries have also been named as beneficiaries by program participants.
“The Kane County Farm Bureau will display this award proudly in the display case in the lobby of our building in St. Charles for all our members to see,” White said. “And we will publicize it to reinforce the good work that our members are doing in their local communities, and encourage others to join in.”
Mail your donation to:
Harvest for All
The Kane County Farm Bureau Foundation
2N710 Randall Rd
St. Charles, IL 60174
View a YouTube video about Harvest for ALL to see how this hunger relief effort is making a difference.