The Farmers Feeding Utah campaign recently delivered food to more than 600 families in Kane & Emery counties.
In Kane County, families received beef from the local ranching family of John & Dusty Reese, as well as potatoes, apples, cheese, milk, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and more from Utah farms, as well as a donation of citrus fruits from California. Kane County Farm Bureau president Dusty Reese shared what it meant to help fellow community members in Kanab.
"We have a lot of people who often feel forgotten down on this end of the state, so it was really exciting to bring people together and provide high quality foods," said Dusty Reese. "Agriculture is still in a precarious position here in Utah, especially for beef production and cattle."
The next distribution took place on March 31 in the Emery County communities of Castle Dale and Green River. Residents received similar items to what was given in Kanab, as well as some additional donations of food made by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This specific project was spearheaded by a number of students at San Rafael Middle School in Castle Dale, in coordination with the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation. Students were approached with the idea of putting many of the leadership and service skills they’ve been learning into practice. This included a request for funds from the Emery County Commission to support the project.
Students and faculty from San Rafael Middle School joined by Clayton Beckstead of the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation on KMTI radio to talk about the project and how those in need got food.
Farmers Feeding Utah is a campaign of the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that was set up as the charitable arm of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Additional logistical and in-kind support has come from invaluable partners, including Utah State University (USU) and its Hunger Solutions Institute & Create Better Health program, the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food (UDAF), The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Farm Bureau Financial Services.
Donations to the ‘Miracle of Agriculture Foundation’ for the Farmers Feeding Utah project are used to purchase, process, and deliver food to families in need, giving both farmers and Utah families a hand up.
To date, the Farmers Feeding Utah campaign has provided more than 1 million pounds of food, with a retail value of more than $3,000,000 to Utah residents in the Navajo Nation, northern Utah, West Salt Lake, Vernal, Provo, Ogden, Richfield, St. George, Kanab, Castle Dale and to smaller community pantries throughout the Wasatch Front. To make a tax-deductible contribution to this project, individuals and businesses can go to miracleofag.org.
Farmers Feeding Utah Delivers Food in Emery & Kane Counties
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