Farm Bureau's "Bushels for Hunger” Donates 112,000 Meals

Quad City Illinois farmers are helping local families with a donation to the River Bend Food Bank through the Bushels for Hunger program for the twelfth straight year.  After the twelfth year, total contributions by the Bushels for Hunger program will exceed $277,000 with this year's $ 22,515 contribution.  This year’s total contribution now brings the total amount of meals donated to 1,385,600.

Mercer County Farmer and Illinois Farm Bureau District 3 Director Jeff Kirwan presented the donation of to Mike Miller of the River Bend Food Bank in Davenport.

"Thanks to the generous donations of thousands of bushels of grain to the Bushels for Hunger campaign, local farmers worked together to fight hunger in the Quad City community with these funds" Kirwan said.

“I continue to be amazed at the heart of the farming community,” said Mike Miller, President & CEO of River Bend Food Bank. “In spite of all the supply chain challenges of the past year, farmers have still set aside a significant portion of their harvest to help those even less fortunate. On their behalf, we are very thankful to Illinois Farm Bureau and those who donated.”

The Bushels for Hunger program is a joint program coordinated by the following three Illinois County Farm Bureaus: Henry, Mercer and Rock Island in conjunction with the following area grain elevators and ethanol plants: Atkinson Grain, Big River Resources, Cargill, CHS, Consolidated Grain & Barge Co., Gavilon, Gold Star FS, Hillsdale Elevator, River Valley Cooperative and Rumbold & Kuhn.