Sept. 20, 2020 (Deseret News) — “Farmers Feeding Utah; and vice versa”
SALT LAKE CITY — This Friday afternoon, several semitrailers will roll into Western Park in Vernal and open their doors. They will be loaded with what Ron Gibson calls “Sunday dinner food”: fresh beef, potatoes, sweet corn, onions and mushrooms not long out of the ground, milk not long out of the cow, eggs not long out of the chicken, cheese, apples and so forth. No canned goods. No artificial ingredients.
Aug. 11, 2020 (National Farm to School Network) — “New Ways to Farm to School: Utah – Farmers Feeding Utah”
Due to supply chain disruptions as the pandemic churns around the country, farmers have had to destroy crops, dump milk, and smash eggs as they are unable to sell to their typical restaurant and school vendors. In an effort to avoid waste and feed the thousands of hungry children and families in Utah, the Utah Farm Bureau has created the Farmers Feeding Utah partnership to donate excess or unsold food from Utah farms to communities in need. The goal of Farmers Feeding Utah is to connect Utahns in need with safe and locally-grown food.
Aug. 1, 2020 (Standard-Examiner) — “Who deserves praise, criticism in Northern Utah this week”
… On Monday night, someone actually broke into the Ogden Salvation Army and stole a bunch of items — including a large cache of food the organization was preparing to give away to the needy on Wednesday. As a result, on the eve of a big food giveaway, the charity’s cupboards were essentially bare.
Jul. 29, 2020 (KSL-TV) — “Farmers Feeding Utah Saves Ogden Food Pantry After Break-in”
OGDEN, Utah – Following a break-in overnight, Farmers Feeding Utah stepped in to help the Salvation Army food pantry in Ogden just hours before they opened for a food distribution on Wednesday.
The Salvation Army needed all the help they could get after burglars broke into the building and stole food and a computer.
Jul. 28, 2020 (Daily Herald) — “Third Farmers Feeding Utah project brings food to hundreds of west Salt Lake families”
Hundreds of Utah families received food donations on Monday through a Utah Farm Bureau initiative launched to help residents and agricultural workers who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Utah Farm Bureau launched the project, Farmers Feeding Utah, on May 8 as “a way to get money to farmers and ranchers for their product and get that product to people that are hungry throughout our state,” according to President Ron Gibson.
Jul. 27, 2020 (FOX 13 News Utah) — “Farmers Feeding Utah provides food to struggling families”
Hundreds of families in the Salt Lake Valley received a special gift Monday, from farmers and ranchers all across Utah.
As soon as word spread, cars began to line up at the Utah State Fair Park.
Jul. 27, 2020 (Deseret News) — “Farmers Feeding Utah donates food to 800 families in west Salt Lake”
SALT LAKE CITY — Farmers Feeding Utah provided direct food donations to more than 800 Utah families Monday, and directed donations to local food pantries in western Salt Lake City.
The campaign held the donation event at the Utah State Fairpark and passed out a variety of vegetables, dairy products, meat and other pantry staples through its Miracle Project West Salt Lake.
Jul. 20, 2020 (Utah State University Today) — “Farmers Feeding Utah Launches Third Miracle Project”
In partnership with Utah State University Extension, Utah Farm Bureau announces its third Farmers Feeding Utah miracle project. The project will take place in West Salt Lake on Monday, July 27.
Through grassroots and corporate donations, the goal for the campaign is to raise $100,000 by July 24 to help those struggling with food insecurity. The funds raised will be used to purchase products from Utah farmers, and the products will then be donated to individuals and families in need on the west side of the Salt Lake valley.
Jun. 28, 2020 (Standard-Examiner) — “Utah Farm Bureau; Farmers Feeding Utah”
Allen Bennett, a 4th generation farm owner, is just one farmer and rancher who has been hit hard by the economic effects of the current Coronavirus pandemic. His farm, started in 1896 by his great grandfather has been passed down through generations, having a 125-year existence. In 1996 Bennett Farms received the Utah Century Farm and Ranch Designation. The farm includes 600 acres in Davis and South Weber counties and focuses mainly on produce for local distribution. They grow yellow and red onions, different varieties of potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, squash, and watermelon. They truly take great pride in the quality of their products, making sure that the product they are providing is safe, wholesome, and delicious. Bennett states that he “feels pride in feeding neighbors along the Wasatch Front.” He goes on to state that “it brings great satisfaction to watch someone receive products and the enjoyment they show as they consume those products.”
Jun. 24, 2020 (KSL TV) — “Farmers Feeding Utah Donates $100K In Food For Families”
LOGAN, Utah – Struggling families in northern Utah received a big donation Tuesday from farmers and ranchers as Farmers Feeding Utah donated $100,000 in food to families and food pantries in Cache, Box Elder and Rich counties.
As part of the effort, people donate money so farmers and ranchers can process the products, and it then gets out to food banks and struggling families.
Jun. 24, 2020 (Utah Public Radio) — “Farmers Feeding Utah Project Gives Food To Northern Utah Communities”
The second Farmers Feeding Utah “miracle project” happened in Northern Utah on Tuesday. Food pantries in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties all benefited from the project.
“We saw an increase of people and a decrease in the food which tends to make us a little anxious when you have that situation. So, you know, we were very grateful when we heard from Farmers Feeding Utah and they said, ‘Hey, we want to bring you a lot of food’. So that was a very welcomed phone call to receive to, you know, relieve some of the stress that we face,” explained Matthew Whitaker, the director of the Cache Food Pantry.
Jun. 24, 2020 (CacheValleyDaily.com) — “Farmers Feeding Utah brings their second miracle to Logan”
LOGAN – Farmers Feeding Utah came to Logan Tuesday and dispersed thousands of pounds of groceries to families and individuals who need a boost during the conoravirus pandemic.
Volunteers from Farm Bureau, Utah State University and other originations were grabbing bags and boxes of locally grown potatoes, meat, eggs and other groceries, then loading them into hundreds of vehicles.
Jun. 23, 2020 (Deseret News) — “Farmers turn donations into help for those struggling with food security”
Farmers Feeding Utah serves thousands of pounds of food to fellow Utahns in need, this time in Cache Valley
LOGAN — Mary Smith drove her car to Utah State University’s Maverik Stadium Tuesday morning to do something she never thought she’d have to do.
In fact, Mary Smith is not even her real name.
But the shame that accompanies finding oneself in desperate need, even in the midst of a pandemic that has shuttered businesses and pushed unemployment rates to record highs, is so overwhelming that she asked the Deseret News to protect her privacy.
Jun. 15, 2020 (Utah State University Today) — “Farmers Feeding Utah Looks to Give Northern Utah a Hand up through Second Miracle Project”
Only two days after making the first delivery of what will be more than 100,000 pounds of food to Utah’s Navajo neighbors, Farmers Feeding Utah is launching its second miracle project: Miracle Project Northern Utah.
The campaign hopes to raise $150,000 through grassroots and corporate donations to help those struggling in the northern reaches of the state.
Jun. 9, 2020 (Deseret News) — “Utah farmers look to Utahns to help them fix broken supply chain, help feed those in need”
When the COVID-19 outbreak destroyed the market for many Utah farmers, one farmer found a way to help those suffering
MONTEZUMA CREEK, San Juan County — Sharmita Benally doesn’t know Bill Robinson, but for a few sacred moments, the two strangers were connected by the animal they both love.
It was the suffering of another man, Ron “Milkman” Gibson, that created the thread that would stitch their lives together, however briefly, in a very significant way.
Jun. 4, 2020 (Herald Extra) — “Utah Farm Bureau launches ‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ to sustain farmers, help families”
SANDY — Utah Farm Bureau Federation recently launched the ‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ campaign, FarmersFeedingUtah.org, to help sustain farmers and ranchers impacted by Covid-19, while providing food and donations to Utah families in need.
Jun. 3, 2020 (American Farm Bureau: FB.org) — “Farmers Feeding Utah Helps Farmers and Families in Need”
Launched by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation in early May, Farmers Feeding Utah has the two-fold goal of helping sustain farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19 and providing food and donations to Utah families in need. The first project identified by the Utah Farm Bureau and its partners was distributing Utah lamb and other essential goods to several Utah chapters of the Navajo nation in the southeastern part of the state.
Jun. 1, 2020 (Church News) — “Church partners with Farmers Feeding Utah program to help Navajo Reservation amid COVID-19”
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is participating in an effort to provide live sheep and other supplies to the Navajo Nation in Utah.
This ongoing project to assist the elderly during the COVID-19 pandemic is part of the Farmers Feeding Utah program. Along with the sheep, tribal members received 10,000 pounds of flour processed by Utah wheat farmers in San Juan County, according to a Newsroom release on June 1.
May 26, 2020 (Salt Lake Tribune) — “Utah Farm Bureau helps deliver 500 live sheep, 16,000 pounds of lamb to Navajo Nation”
Even as miles-long food bank lines have become emblematic of the coronavirus pandemic, many Utah farmers and ranchers have found themselves with plenty of food but nowhere to sell it.
“Farmers and ranchers have been in just a crazy moment through all of this,” said Ron Gibson, president of the Utah Farm Bureau. “It’s been devastating to some of our industries, and one of the industries that’s been hurt the most is the sheep industry.”
May 22, 2020 (Utah.gov) — “Farmers Feeding Utah delivers 18,000 Pounds of Lamb Meat, 10,000 Pounds of Flour to Assist Navajo Nation”
Today, Governor Gary R. Herbert’s deputy chief of staff, Michael Mower, traveled to Blanding with representatives from the governor’s cabinet, the Utah Department of Agriculture and the Utah Farm Bureau to help deliver 18,000 pounds of lamb to Blanding’s food pantry to assist the Navajo Nation.
May 19, 2020 (Daily Herald) — “‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ campaign focuses on delivering lamb to Navajo Nation”
The recently launched “Farmers Feeding Utah” campaign will focus its efforts on delivering thousands of pounds of lamb to various chapters of the Navajo Nation in southeastern Utah while raising money for farmers and ranchers who have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 15, 2020 (Deseret News) — “Farmers Feeding Utah campaign to deliver lamb to Utah Navajo this month”
Campaign still needs to reach $100,000 goal
SALT LAKE CITY — Launched just last week, the Farmers Feeding Utah campaign has raised nearly $100,000 to buy agricultural products stranded by the food supply chain upheaval and deliver that food to Utah families in need.
While the campaign has garnered $81,000 in online contributions, it hopes to reach the goal of $100,000 by May 20 to help facilitate delivery of $100,000 dollars worth of lamb to Utah members of the Navajo Nation, which has been hit hard by COVID-19.
May 11, 2020 (Utah Public Radio) — “Helping Farmers And The Hungry– Utah Farm Bureau Launches ‘Farmers Feeding Utah Program'”
On Thursday, Utah Farm Bureau Federation announced it was launching its Farmers Feeding Utah program to help both farmers and people in financial need throughout the community. Through this program, people in the community can donate money to buy food from farmers and distribute it to families in need.
May 7, 2020 (ABC4.com) — “Utah Farm Bureau launches ‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ to help sustain farmers and their families”
SANDY, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Utah Farm Bureau is launching “Farmers Feeding Utah” campaign Thursday to help sustain farmers and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program aims to raise funds to sustain farmers impacted and supply families and food organizations with donations. The campaign was launched in partnership with Utah State University’s “Hunger Solutions Institute,” other hunger relief organizations, and the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food.
May 7, 2020 (KSL-TV) — “‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ to raise money for farmers and feed the hungry”
WEST POINT — Allen Bennett said it broke his heart when some of the onions he harvested on his 600-acre farm went to waste because there wasn’t any place for them to go.
“It was a shame, people are hungry,” he said.
May 7, 2020 (FOX 13 News Utah) — “‘Farmers Feeding Utah’ program sustains local industry, provides for families in need”
UTAH – A new campaign, launched by the Utah Farm Bureau, looks to sustain Utah farmers and ranchers while providing food and donations for food-insecure households throughout the state amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 7, 2020 (Standard-Examiner) — “Feeding families, keeping local farms afloat during pandemic, aim of new program”
OGDEN — The Utah Farm Bureau Federation hopes a new program will help sustain local farmers while feeding families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, the federation launched a new initiative called “Farmers Feeding Families,” which aims to raise funds to aid farmers impacted by the pandemic, then supply their locally grown food to families and organizations that need it. Farm Bureau spokesman Matt Hargreaves said the campaign also involves Utah State University’s Hunger Solutions Institute, other hunger relief organizations and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.