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GFB YF&R collecting 750 pounds of change to fight hunger

We’ve all got change scattered about. In our vehicle cup holders. Near the washing machine. On our nightstands or dresser tops. Until July 1, gather your loose change and take it to your county Farm Bureau office for the “Calf’s Weight in Change” drive to benefit the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA).

The Georgia Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Committee is asking Farm Bureau members and ag supporters to dig deep to help the committee collect 750 pounds of change statewide – now that’s a big calf!

“Farmers like a little healthy competition, so let’s see which county Farm Bureaus can collect the most change for our drive to fight hunger,” GFB YF&R Committee Chairman Ben Cagle said. “I bet we’ll all be surprised how much money we can raise if we gather all the loose pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters we have laying around or exchange some paper dollars for silver dollars.”

County Farm Bureaus are collecting donations. After July 1 county offices will weigh and count their collections and submit their totals online at County Farm Bureaus are also encouraged to take a photo of their office staff, county president or any other county Farm Bureau member with the collected change. Pictures will be used at the GFB YF&R Summer Leadership Conference (SLC).

Grand prizes will be awarded to the county with the most amount of change donated, the GFB District with the most amount of change donated, the county with most weight in change donated and the GFB District with most weight in change donated. Prizes will include Farm Bureau gear, Amazon gift cards and free registrations to the 2020 GFB YF&R SLC! Winners will be announced July 20 at the GFB YF&R SLC.

The GFBA consists of eight regional food banks across Georgia that work with more than 2,000 partner agencies and food pantries to distribute about 130 million pounds of food annually in Georgia. GFBA food banks include: America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah, the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank (Food Bank of Northwest Georgia), Feeding the Valley in Columbus, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia in Athens, Golden Harvest in Augusta, the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank in Macon and Second Harvest of South Georgia in Valdosta.