Florida Farm Families Earn National Award for Food Donation

March 9, 2018

Florida Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers received top honors for donating 24.6 million pounds of fresh produce and other foods to assist hungry Floridians as part of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) “Harvest for All” program.

Now in its 16th year, Harvest for All is spearheaded by members of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R), but Farm Bureau members of all ages from across the nation contribute to the effort.

“Farmers contribute to their communities in many ways,” said Andrew Taylor, president of Florida Farm Bureau’s YF&R Leadership Group. “I am pleased that our members have won an award for their food donation. But I am more proud of them for their commitment to helping other Floridians who do not have access to adequate nutrition.”

Harvest for All is one of the most important community service efforts undertaken by Farm Bureau members. Although the U.S. economy is stronger overall compared to several years ago, many Americans still need help securing adequate food for their families.

The awards were presented during AFBF’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference in Reno, Nevada, in February. Since Harvest for All was launched, Farm Bureau families have gathered more than 275 million pounds of food, logged more than 157,000 volunteer hours and raised $7.5 million in donations.