LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Starting this summer, nearly 500 Farm Credit
Mid-America employees will collect, package and distribute locally grown
farmer produce to place in food banks across the company’s four state
territory of Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The volunteer
initiative is part of Farm Credit’s four-year financial commitment to
provide fresh produce to distribution networks in the area, which
connect surplus and donated produce from local farmers with food banks,
food kitchens, community churches and other emergency food providers.
part of the commitment, Farm Credit will work with Farms to Food Banks
in Kentucky and Indiana, Farm to Families in Tennessee and the Ohio Ag
Clearance Program to stock food shelves.
“There’s a gap between
agriculture in middle America and communities in need,” said Bill
Johnson, president and CEO, Farm Credit Mid-America. “Produce
distribution programs working to bridge that gap show that everyone can
benefit from agriculture’s output.”
At volunteer events occurring
through October, Farm Credit employees will serve at each stage of
product distribution: gleaning produce from local farms, packaging the
products and other supplies, and distributing them throughout local
communities. Farm Credit will staff nearly 40 volunteer shifts and
locations, with some of those taking place on customers’ farms.
purpose is to secure the future of rural communities and agriculture by
sharing agriculture’s value to those who may not have daily exposure
and access to agricultural products,” said Johnson. “By working with
programs that bring produce from area farmers to those in need, we’re
supporting our local communities while making agriculture more visible
and accessible to the public.”
The program is an evolution of
efforts conducted in 2015, where more than 75 Louisville-based employees
spent a day gleaning peppers, kale and other vegetables from a local
farm and then packaging and distributing that produce at a senior care
facility. The efforts resulted in more than a ton of produce being sent
to a local food bank distribution center.
For more about the Farms to Food Banks program, visit e-farmcredit.com/community.
About Farm Credit Mid-America
Credit Mid-America is a financial services cooperative, and has served
the credit needs of farmers and rural residents across Indiana, Ohio,
Kentucky and Tennessee for a century. Backed by the strength of over a
100,000 customer-members and $22 billion in assets, Farm Credit
Mid-America provides loans for real estate, operating, equipment,
housing and related services such as crop insurance, and vehicle,
equipment and building leases. For more information, call 1-800-444-FARM
or visit them on the web at www.e-farmcredit.com.