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Culver Young Farmers spearhead county-wide food drive this weekend

March 16, 2011

Culver Young Farmers are coordinating a food drive to help those in the community in need of 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 Saturday, March 19, to highlight national celebration of Ag Day. Ag Day is aimed at farmers within the community showing 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," she says. "We read about it daily. Now, before we get busy with spring field work, let’s help our neighbors.”
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 local people participate? In each community in which the local FFA Chapter participates, there will be a site to drop off non-perishable food items to be given to the local food pantry on March 19. There may be other times and locations coordinated locally to donate food as well, though in each community there will be a manned dropoff site on the 19th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Locations available will be Bourbon: Family Dollar; Bremen: Mast Service Center (next to Woodies Super Market); Culver: Park N’ Shop; Plymouth: Martin’s Supermarket; and for the Argos location, please contact the Argos FFA Chapter.

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