FORT WAYNE, Ind. — More than $11,000 in donations to hunger
relief organizations was collected from members at Indiana Farm Bureau’s annual
convention in Fort Wayne.
The silent auction coordinated by IFB’s Young Farmer
Committee raised $6,706 that went to Gleaners Food Bank to support feeding
hungry Hoosiers across the state.
Gleaners distributes food and grocery items to more than 350
relief agencies that serve Indiana’s hungry.
IFB members also donated $4,890 to Community Harvest Food
Bank of Northeast Indiana. Members donated money by purchasing special tickets
to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops performance.
“As farmers and producers of food, we are vested in feeding
hungry people in Indiana,” said Chris Fenner, IFB’s director of field services
and chairman of the convention committee. “Alleviating hunger is an issue that’s
important us as an organization.”
Community Harvest serves food pantries, soup kitchens,
homeless shelters, rehabilitation centers and youth and senior citizen programs
in Allen, Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley
counties. In an average week, the food bank distributes more than 200,000 pounds
IFB is the state’s largest farm organization, with about
75,000 farmer members and 190,000 associate members.