Farmers Fighting Hunger
I’m Lacy Gray with Washington Ag Today.
All this month the WSDA is partnering with the the Dairy Farmers of Washington and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon to support the annual Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger food drive. Last year Northwest Farmers Fighting Hunger raised the equivalent of more than 85,000 pounds of food, 27,000 pounds more than the previous year. Lynnae Rodeffer, President of Washington State Dairy Women says that the current WA State Dairy Ambassador, Janis DeJager, will be attending several of the NW Farmers Fighting Hunger events.
RODEFFER: Coming up this weekend June 12 she’ll be at the QFC at Bellevue Square. On June 19 she’ll be at the QFC in Enumclaw, and then on June 26 she’ll be at the QFC in Edmonds. And so those are the opportunities for her to participate in this event as well, and she’s helped us out in many ways throughout the year.
Throughout the food drive, Northwest Dairy Farmers, Fred Meyer and QFC stores, farmers, and employees from the two state departments of agriculture are partnering to raise food and donations for food assistance programs in both Oregon and Washington. Collection bins will be available at Fred Meyer and QFC stores in both states to accept donations of canned or non-perishable food items. Donated food and money collected in Eastern Washington will benefit Second Harvest, and in Western Washington Food Lifeline will be the recipient. Oregon donations will go to the Oregon Food Bank Network.
That’s Washington Ag Today.
I’m Lacy Gray with the Ag Information Network of the West.