Young Farmers and Ranchers donate $6K to Food Bank Network
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented a check for $6,000 to Bill Mathews, chief development officer of the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) at the MFBF YF&R luncheon Monday, Nov. 9 in Missoula.
The donation came from proceeds raised during YF&R/Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory Hoofin’ It for Hunger Race Trail Race Oct. 11 at Fort Keogh in Miles City. This was the sixth 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
“This donation means so much and it will go a long way,” said Mathews. “A dollar donation buys three meals. That means this $6,000 can provide 18,000 meals. Considering the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee has donated close to $30,000, that’s 90,000 meals they have provided to people all over Montana. I participated in Hoofin’ It for Hunger this year, and it was a great event. The YF&R Committee was excellent to work with.”
Gil Gasper, newly elected MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers Chair, said the YF&R Committee was honored to provide the MFBN with the check. “Hoofin’ It for Hunger has been a wonderful way to provide food for the hungry in addition to educating people about Farm Bureau and agriculture,” Gasper noted. “We want to thank our volunteers and sponsors, especially the folks at Fort Keogh, who made the Hoofin’ It for Hunger run possible.”
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention is taking place at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, November 8-11. For more information on the convention and MFBF visit http://www.mfbf.org and follow MFBF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
–Montana Farm Bureau