McDuffie County Farm Bureau members recently collected four grocery bags of staple food items during the statewide Harvest for All Campaign coordinated by Georgia Farm Bureau in an effort to help Mississippi residents impacted by Hurricane Katrina. Staple items collected included cereal, toaster pastries, rice, dried beans, macaroni and cheese, canned soups and vegetables and meal kits.
The food donations were delivered to the Georgia Farm Bureau home office in Macon on Oct. 27. The food was then delivered to Mississippi Farm Bureau representatives for distribution to residents of Hancock County, one of Mississippi's Gulf Coast counties hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. Katrina displaced about 3,000 residents of Bay St. Louis, the county seat of Hancock County, and damaged 95 percent of the homes in the town, according to published reports.
"Farmers are in the business of feeding America and the world. As farmers it's instinctive that we help our fellow Americans who were devastated by Hurricane Katrina," said J. Robert Farr, McDuffie County Farm Bureau president.
The 159 county Farm Bureau chapters across the state collected more than 1,000 bags of groceries weighing more than 12,000 pounds. The Harvest for All Campaign was jointly coordinated by the Georgia Farm Bureau Women's and Young Farmer Committees. This is the second year that Georgia Farm Bureau and its 159 county Farm Bureaus collected staple foods in an effort to help alleviate hunger in America. Last year, food collected by Georgia Farm Bureau was donated to the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank that serves 24 Middle Georgia counties.
Founded in 1937, Georgia Farm Bureau is the state's largest general farm organization with more than 420,000 member families statewide.