YFRs focus on food donations


Issue Date: March 6, 2013

Young farmers and ranchers from California donated more than 10 million pounds of food to California families in 2012 as part of the national Harvest for All program. During a recognition ceremony at the American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers and Ranchers Leadership Conference in Phoenix, the state ranked first in food donations to Harvest for All during 2012.

Throughout the year, regional Young Farmers and Ranchers organizations in California participated in gleaning and collection activities, sometimes following harvest crews through fields to gather fresh fruits and vegetables to be donated to Harvest for All. The food, supplied by farms, ranches, processors and packinghouses, arrived at food banks for distribution to families in need.

"With one in six Americans currently living with food insecurity, the Harvest for All program is more important than ever," said Danielle Oliver, California Farm Bureau Federation director of leadership development. "We're proud of the part young farmers and ranchers have taken through these donations to help hunger-relief efforts."

Since the Harvest for All program was formally launched in 2003 as a partnership between the American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America, more than 83 million meals have been served. Farmers and ranchers also donate money and volunteer hours to the program.

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