Mont. Farm Bureau donates $7,500 to food bank
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented a check for $7500 to Bill Mathews, chief development officer of the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) at the MFBF YF&R luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 15 in Billings.
The donation came from proceeds raised during YF&R Hoofin’ It for Hunger Race Oct. 8 at Fort Keogh in Miles City. This was the seventh year for Hoofin’ It for Hunger, which was launched during the Montana Farm Bureau Convention in Missoula in 2011 as part of the national Young Farmers and Ranchers work with the Harvest for All program.
“We’re grateful to be a part of Hoofin’ it for Hunger, which has raised enough money over the past seven years to provide 111,000 meals to people across the state,” said Mathews. “We thank the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee for their continued support.”
MFBF YF&R Chair Gil Gasper explained that not only does the race raise money for the MFBN, but runners have the opportunity to see Fort Keogh, see the livestock and learn about agriculture. “Hoofin’ it for Hunger is a great way for our committee to meet with people who are not in production agriculture,” said Gasper. “It allows us to give back to people in need. As farmers and ranchers, we are fortunate to have food on our tables every day, so it’s great to be able to ensure other families have food, too. Giving the Montana Food Bank Network this donation just before Thanksgiving and Christmas is especially rewarding. We were able to make this generous donation thanks to the race participants as well as to the generosity of our sponsors.”
–Montana Farm Bureau Federation