03/14/11 Culver Young Farmers are coordinating a food drive to help those in our community that need help to feed their families. In recent years the Culver Young Farmers have supported the food pantries of Culver, Argos, Mentone, and Plymouth. But local farm woman Kaye Schultz of Culver had another vision. She proposed that her chapter spearhead a county-wide food drive, utilizing the Ag Day Committee, members of 4-H and FFA, the Marshall County Farm Bureau and Beacon Credit Union. The food drive will be held on Saturday, March 19, to highlight national celebration of Ag Day. Being Ag Day this is a way farmers within the community are able to show how much they care for those they grow food for.
Kaye outlined a plan whereby volunteers would stay in their own communities, collecting non-perishable food items, paper products and personal care products to be donated to the local food pantry. “The need is in our community. We read about it daily. Now, before we get busy with spring field work, let’s help our neighbors”, said Schultz. At this time, volunteers in the communities of Plymouth, Bremen, Culver, Argos, Bourbon and Walkerton will be collecting pantry items while using the opportunity to educate donors about agriculture facts with a pamphlet designed for the occasion.
How can you participate? In each community that the local FFA Chapter participates there will be a site in your community to drop of non-perishable food items that will be given to your local food pantry on March 19. There may be other times and locations coordinated local to donate food as well, though in each community there will be a manned drop off site on the 19th from 11 am to 1 pm. Locations available will be Bourbon: Family Dollar, Bremen: Mast Service Center (next to Woodies Super Market), Culver: Park N’ Shop, Plymouth: Martin’s Supermarket, Tractor Supply Co., and Beacon Credit Union (which will be taking in donations till March 23), and Argos: Argos Lumber.
This is a great opportunity for us all to help our neighbors, who are struggling, by participating in this food drive on Saturday, March 19th. Remember nonperishable food dropped off at your community location will stay in your community.