Farm Credit Associations Partner to Support Mountaineer Food Bank
MidAtlantic Farm Credit and Farm Credit of the Virginias made a collaborative sponsorship totaling $20,000 to the Mountaineer Food Bank to support their participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
The Farmers to Families Food Box Program was established by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to support producers negatively impacted by the pandemic. Approximately 130 million food boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products and meat products (As of Dec 18, 2020) have been distributed to food insecure families in the United States. The collaborative donation made by the West Virginia Farm Credit associations will fund the Mountaineer Foods Bank's transportation and cold storage expenses associated with the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
Chad Morrison, Mountaineer Food Banks Executive Director, shared, “We are beyond thankful for Farm Credit and their generous donation of $20,000 to Mountaineer Food Bank. Partners like Farm Credit are essential to what we do in West Virginia. Their generous donation will help us provide over 125,000 meals to our neighbors in need."
Farm Credit of the Virginias CEO, Brad Cornelius, said, “At Farm Credit, our mission is to support agriculture and our rural communities. Partnering with Mountaineer Food Bank and supporting their hunger-relief efforts in the state allows us to ensure nutritious meals are available to food insecure families in our region while supporting the farmers who supply healthy, fresh products.”
Check out the following video announcing the donation: https://youtu.be/nWunQx7Ai4k
About the Farm Credit System
The Farm Credit System is a national network of lending institutions that collectively provide a wide range of financial and lending services to rural America. Farm Credit institutions are cooperatives, capitalized largely through investments made by farmers, ranchers and the rural businesses that borrow from them. In fact, as part of a nationwide network they are the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States and has been for over 100 years. Farm Credit helps maintain and improve the quality of life in rural America and on the farm through its constant commitment to competitive lending and expert financial services.