Bushels for Hunger donates $4,100

By Melanie Yingst

April 6, 2014

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Farm Bureau along with Troy Elevator presented more than $4,100 to four local organizations in Miami County through its Bushels for Hunger project. It is the fifth year for the Bushels for Hunger project, which has donated more than $30,000 to local Miami County Food Banks.

In March, the organizations presented checks to Troy United Methodist Church’s First Place Center’s food pantry for $1,201.78, Piqua’s Bethany Center for $1,764.65, Fletcher Food Pantry for $937.66 and Health Partners Free Clinic for $200.

“The Bushels for Hunger project has been a great opportunity for our local farmers to give back to the community,” said Mandy Havenar, Organization Director, Miami County Farm Bureau. “During harvest when the farmer takes their grain to Troy Elevator, they are asked if they would like to donate bushels of beans, wheat or corn to the Bushels for Hunger program. In the past five years we have had an astounding amount of generosity from our local farmers.”

Miami County Farm Bureau once again is partnering with the Miami County Park District and Health Partners Free Clinic, who have donated farm land for the organization to grow soybeans specifically for the Bushels for Hunger initiative.

Havenar said the Miami County Park District donated four acres of land at the Lost Creek Reserve and the Health Partner’s Clinic set aside two acres for the cause.

“Along with the land, we had all the seed, fertilizer and planting donated. We would like to thank the following people and companies for helping us in this great community project: Demmitt Dairy Farm, Bob Hines Farm, Heritage Co-op, Harvest Land Co-op – Covington and Lena Ag Center,” she said.

“This has been an amazing partnership for the last five years between Miami County Farm Bureau and Troy Elevator,” Havenar said. “We are even more excited that our project has grown to include our own acreage with the Miami County Park District and Health Partners Free Clinic. To be able to say that in the last five years we have raised more than $30,000 for local people in need, is a great feeling and says a lot about how our farmers in Miami County care about their community. As farmers get ready to start planting, we are thinking about how we can expand the program to help more people.”

For more information about the Bushels for Hunger project, contact the Miami County Farm Bureau at (855) 335-1471 or find them on Facebook by visiting www.facebook.com/MiamiFarmBureau