Watonwan County Farm Bureau Director, Scott Runge, presented Watonwan County Food Shelf volunteer, Kathy Rathman, a donation of $400 as part of the Minnesota Farm Bureau’s efforts to increase awareness and provide support to address food insecurity throughout the state.

The Minnesota Farm Bureau works closely with its membership to support rural communities and the issues most important to them. Through special events, classroom learning and other engagement opportunities, counties create specific programming designed to help their communities thrive.

To specifically address food security, counties can apply for hunger solutions grants from the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. In 2021, 41 county Farm Bureaus received more than $4,000 in grant funding from the Foundation. Partnering with local organizations and businesses, the counties leveraged their grants to raise more than $18,000 in support of local hunger programs.