Bushels for Hunger yields $38,845


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Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012, 8:35 pm
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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com
Local farmers have come together for the third consecutive year and donated $38,845 to the River Bend Foodbank in Moline as part of the Bushels for Hunger program.

That's up $29,500 from the farmers' first donation in 2010.

Wayne Anderson, Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 director, presented the check to River Bend executive director Tom Laughlin on Wednesday.

The money came from the sale of 4,376 bushels of corn and soybeans set aside by farmers in five counties, beginning in August, Mr. Anderson said.

"It's really exciting to get the money," Mr. Laughlin said. "We can feed more hungry people. The farmers realize the need, they are in tune with the community."

He said there's been a 10 percent increase this year in demand for food from area charities and agencies.

Mike Secymore, a grain merchandiser with Goldstar FS who works as a liaison in the bushel donation, said the program is rewarding because the money stays in the area and helps local people.

The River Bend Foodbank serves 300 charities in 22 counties. More than seven million pounds of food is distributed each year to needy families, an average of 10,000 people each week, Mr. Laughlin, said.

"This will make a huge difference to people during the holidays," he said. "You can imagine the impact this will have on local families. It's a perfect example of the community support we need."

















 



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