Across America, millions of people will be sitting down to a laden Thanksgiving Day table, many enjoying a bountiful meal of turkey and all the trimmings. Thanksgiving is an opportune time to appreciate the farmers and ranchers responsible for raising the food we enjoy today and every day. More than three million farmers work diligently, day in and day out, to raise safe, abundant and affordable food.
However, it’s a sad fact that not everyone is fortunate enough to have access to sufficient food: according to the USDA, 14 percent, or 17.4 million, of Americans are food insecure, meaning that even in our land of abundance, a significant number of our fellow citizens don’t know when or what they’ll eat next. Many in American agriculture are working to meet this challenge.
Farm Credit 100 Fresh Perspectives honoree Addy Battel, just 13 years old, raises chickens she then donates to a local food bank so those in need have access to quality protein. Fellow Fresh Perspectives honoree and founder of Green Mountain Farm-to-School Katherine Sims has built a network dedicated to getting nutritious food to people who need it, including the one in four children in her region who are food insecure. Farmer and Farm Credit customer-owner Dick Tunnel invites local volunteers to glean his sweet corn fields, when they gather up to 3,000 pounds of corn that’s then donated to local food banks.
Farm Credit thanks these dedicated individuals and all those who work to bring food to the needy, and who toil in fields and barns to produce the food on which we all rely.
Happy Thanksgiving from Farm Credit!