Mercer County Farm Bureau to host Mobile Food Bank

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Mercer County Farm Bureau will celebrate agriculture and give back to the community during National Agriculture Week, March 13 – 19, 2011.

Farm Bureau will host a Mobile Food Bank in conjunction with the River Bend Food Bank at Central Park in Aledo (SW 3rd St. Hwy 17 and 2nd Ave.), on March 19, 2011 from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Canned foods, non-perishable food items, frozen foods and fresh fruits and vegetables will be distributed.

Mercer County Farm Bureau Board Members, members of the Women’s Committee, 4-H members, and area FFA students will help with the distribution. It is anticipated that 250 to 300 area families will benefit.

The Mobile Food bank was paid for through Illinois Farm Bureau’s “Bushels for Hunger” program. Farmers donate corn and soybeans which are sold at market price. Proceeds from the grain sales help buy food to feed hungry residents throughout the state.

National Ag Week is hosted by the Agriculture Council of America. It is designed to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis.

Each American farmer feeds more than 144 people – a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.