Imperial County Farm Bureau took a different approach on their regular Annual Meeting of the Members and Farmer of the Year Banquet that takes place in October each year, according to a ICFB press release.
This event is ICFB’s biggest fundraiser for their organization, the release said. During the quarantine, they launched a members' fundraiser campaign in August to raise money for local nonprofits in need during this time.
They announced the fundraiser results at a virtual event that was held October 8, which included a highlight of last years' Farm Bureau accomplishments, a tribute to the late farmer Mr. Al Kalin, and an introduction of their 2020-21 Board of Directors.
As an essential industry, farmers and ranchers have continued to feed the Nation during these unprecedented times. At the same time, the local need for food assistance programs has increased greatly as a result of the pandemic, according to the release.
Imperial County Farm Bureau announced they raised a total of $25,100 giving a little over $4,100 to each of the selected organizations who have been essential in getting food and additional resources to those in need throughout the Imperial Valley, the release said. The organizations that will be receiving these donations are Brawley Feed the Need, Calexico Neighborhood House, House of Hope, Imperial Valley Food Bank, Niland Fire Fund, and Westmorland Community Food Pantry. In addition, there was one special donation made for the Humane Society of Imperial County for $2,000.
The fundraiser would not have been possible if it were not for all of the generous donors. ICFB is grateful for the support and very happy to be able to provide assistance to our Imperial Valley community, the release said.