MACON, Ga. — Georgia Farm Bureau is bringing back the Harvest for All campaign after skipping 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harvest for All is a fundraising effort to help Georgia food banks feed people in need. Food banks continually need funds to stay operational, and since the start of the pandemic, food insecurity rates have increased.
“Our support is needed more than ever,” said Georgia Farm Bureau President Tom McCall. “We will work with the Georgia Food Bank Association to ensure our funds go directly to putting food on tables with a focus on Georgia Grown products.”
The Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee sponsors Harvest for All. At the YF&R Summer Leadership Conference, the committee hosted a 50/50 raffle and donated the funds raised. County Farm Bureaus are asked to consider making a donation by Nov. 12.
Harvest for All has been held annually – except for 2020 – since 2004. A total of 49,000 pounds of food and $220,000 in donations has been made to the Georgia Food Bank Association, which uses monetary to offset costs of food delivery like fuel for transportation. GFB donated $50,000 to the Georgia Food Bank Association in April 2020 to help with the increased demand for food due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Feeding America, 12% of Georgians – 1.28 million people – and 1 in 7 children experienced food insecurity in 2019, the latest year for which statistics are available. The Georgia Food Bank Association reported a 50% increase in need for food assistance from March 2020 to March 2021.
“As we enter a season of harvest and thanksgiving, I can’t help but reflect on the previous year and be grateful,” McCall said. “Despite all the difficulties our country experienced, farmers never stopped working to ensure Americans were able to continue their lives as normally as possible. I am so thankful for our farmers, members, and organization for the continued work you have done on behalf of agriculture across our state.”
County Farm Bureaus are asked to consider making a donation by Nov. 12. For the donation form, contact GFB Field Services at 478-474-0679.
–Georgia Farm Bureau