The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) Foundation Auction was held on November 16 at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Meeting. The auction raised over $15,000 because of the generosity of county Farm Bureaus, organizations and individuals who donated, bid on and purchased items. Of this, over $3,000 will go towards continuing the matching grant program for hunger relief programs across the state of Minnesota.
Last year, $100 hunger relief grants helped 42 county Farm Bureaus work with local organizations and businesses to match funds given towards local hunger relief which collectively helped to raise over $13,000 from all partners involved. In addition, 62 of the 78 county Farm Bureaus conducted events that totaled donations of 12,200 pounds of food, donating 50,000 meals and $31,200 to local food shelves reaching 93,200 people.
The Foundation Auction is one of four main fundraising events for the Foundation. The other fundraisers include a Sporting Clays Tournament to be held on June 6, 2019 at Clear Lake, a Golf Scramble to be held June 26, 2019 in Cottage Grove and a pork chop stand at Farmfest near Redwood Falls, August 6-8, 2019. Support of these events allows the Foundation to accomplish its mission to provide opportunities for supporters of agriculture to invest in people and programs that promote agriculture and the environment through safety training, agricultural education and leadership training. Along with fundraising events, donations are appreciated at any time during the year.
This past year the MFB Foundation donated to organizations such as: Minnesota 4-H Foundation, Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, Minnesota Agriculture Ambassador Institute, Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership Program, Minnesota Association of Agriculture Educators and the Minnesota FFA Foundation.
You can be a part of our effort. Invest in rural Minnesota by contributing to the Minnesota Farm Bureau Foundation. The Foundation has a 501(c)3 status. Contributions are deductible as allowed by law. For more information contact Ruth Meirick at 651-768-2115 or firstname.lastname@example.org or log onto www.fbmn.org.