Kane Farm Bureau surpasses goal
By Denise Moran For The Courier-News September 14, 2013 3:14PM
Kane County Farm Bureau President Joe White presented a check to Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Nichole Okapal, Meeting Space and Volunteer Coordinator, and Steve Ericson, Director of Food Procurement, to help them in their quest to stamp out hunger in Kane County and Northern Illinois communities. | Submitted
Updated: October 16, 2013 6:27AM
GENEVA — The Kane County Farm Bureau, which celebrated its 100th anniversary this year, has also exceeded its goal of reaching 1 million meals for local food pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Elburn resident Joe White, bureau president, made the announcement during the bureau’s centennial dinner on Friday at the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s facility in Geneva.
Ticket sale proceeds from the dinner, which totaled more than $5,000, were donated to the food bank.
The current amount raised should provide 1,016,908 meals.
“Your attendance tonight helped to put us over the top,” White told the audience of more than 200 guests. “Three months remain in our centennial hunger relief efforts. Let’s hope we can boost that number even higher.”
Steve Ericson, Northern Illinois Food Bank Director of Food Bank Procurement, stated it’s all about collaboration.
“We’re both grassroots organizations helping people and trying to do more with less,” Ericson said.
The dinner’s keynote speaker, Charlie Arnot, is the CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building consumer confidence in the U.S. food system.
Arnot presented the audience with recent statistics about how farmers are producing more food on less land to feed a world population expected to reach 9.5 billion people by the middle of this century.
Over the past four years, the Food Bank has been the main recipient of funds donated through the Farm Bureau’s Harvest for ALL program. Its board of directors set the goal of 1 million meals in December 2012, after realizing that the cumulative hunger relief through food drives, member donations and an annual shopping spree had reached more than 700,000 meals. Calculations are based on the Food Bank’s ability to turn each dollar into six meals for a person in need.
The dinner ended with a drawing of names in the bureau’s winner’s choice raffle. The grand prize winner will choose a 1921 Ford Model T “Huckster” produce truck, a John Deere riding lawn mower, or $5,000 in cash.
Five more winners won various prizes in the fundraiser for college scholarships, which helped the bureau to award $25,000 in tuition assistance last year.
Announcement of the actual names of the winners is pending until the winners have been notified.