On the Local Level Summer 2011

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Highlighting county news and events from North Carolina Farm Bureau members throughout the state.
North Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee members are leading an effort to collect canned goods for North Carolina in conjunction with Harvest for All.North Carolina Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers are doing their part to help feed millions of Americans faced with hunger by participating in Harvest for All.  This program is sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers program in conjunction with Feeding America.NCFB YF&R State Committee Members have been collecting canned food for North Carolina food banks since early this year, as part of their project for Harvest for All.  Members collected 1,238 pounds of canned food at their spring meeting in Siler City.  State Committee members went a step further and challenged themselves to bring 50 canned food items each to Perquimans County on the weekend of July 29-31, as part of a service project the group adopted for 2011. Committee members also asked their own County Farm Bureaus to match their contributions for the cause. The local food bank sent a truck to meet the group on Sunday morning in Perquimans County to collect the cans. When all the tallies were done, the group had generously donated 4,836 pounds of canned food items to the Albemarle Food Bank.

The YF&R State Committee has also pledged to set up boxes this fall inside county Farm Bureau offices to collect cans to be donated in November. The goal is to help fill the truck for Harvest for All on Nov. 3 at NCFB offices in Raleigh. All cans will be donated to the Food Bank of North Carolina.

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  1. Connie Smithwick

    October 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I am the county liaison for Bertie County Farm Bureau Federation. I have been in this job now for over 7 years. I was clueless to the impact the county Farm Bureaus have on their communities. I work with the most gracious, concerned and hard working men and women I know on our Board of Directors. When the tornadoes came through our county in April they jumped right into action. They saw a need and made sure people in the community had a safe place to keep what little belongings they had left, with the Container Relief Program. Through the help of other counties our county farm bureau was able to be there when the need came up. They are so willing to help out with needs in the schools and organizations throughout the community. The monatary donations; without even a blink of an eye, as well as their time, has made me so proud to be a tiny party of this awesome group of people. Thank you to the Bertie County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for allowing me to be a part of this experience. Connie Smithwick, Bertie County Farm Bureau County Liaison.

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