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District 11 takes top spot in 2021 Harvest for All donations

MFB Agent Charitable Fund liaison Sonja Lapak (left) awarded District 11’s Bill McMasters with a $1,000 prize during MFB’s Growing Together Conference.
Date Posted: February 24, 2022

Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) members in District 11 were recently recognized at the recent Growing Together Conference for their outstanding work to help those in need through the Harvest for All program.

Harvest for All challenges Farm Bureau members across the country to share agriculture's bounty and help neighbors in need, by donating surplus agricultural commodities, non-perishable food products, money and/or volunteer hours to local food banks.

Comprised of the Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Emmet, Otsego and Presque Isle County Farm Bureaus, District 11 accounted for more than half of the total volunteer hours and surplus agricultural commodities donated by county Farm Bureau’s across the state.

District 11’s members logged 750 volunteer hours while donating 24,330 pounds of surplus agricultural commodities and nearly 120 pounds of non-perishable food.

Their efforts — combined with other county Farm Bureau members in Michigan — yielded a tremendous donation to Harvest for All in 2021, including:

  • 47,396 pounds of surplus agricultural commodities
  • 9,776.5 pounds of non-perishable food products
  • $42,221 in financial donations
  • 1,212 hours of volunteer time

Emmet County Farm Bureau President Bill McMasters accepted a $1,000 check as a prize on behalf of the district, which will be donated to the Manna Food Project, a local non-profit organization that has been helping feed the hungry throughout northern Michigan for 35 years.

Coordinated by Michigan Farm Bureau's State Young Farmer Committee, the state’s Harvest for All contest has been encouraging Michigan Farm Bureau members to feed Michigan for 17 consecutive years.