Eleanor's Pantry Receives Farm Bureau Double-Up Match


Eleanor's Pantry was recently awarded a Farm Bureau Double-Up Donation to fight food insecurity in the community. Van Buren County Farm Bureau plans to donate $486 in proceeds from the Farm Bureau District 1 Chili Cook-Off event to help purchase food for neighbors in need. The Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Agent Charitable Fund (ACF) has committed to match the county's donation for a total of $972 donated to the pantry.


Van Buren County Farm Bureau is excited to support Eleanor's Pantry and their hunger-relief efforts in southwest Michigan. As Van Buren County Administrative Manager Kathleen Fuentes says, "Eleanor's Pantry is a local organization that Farm Bureau feels is important to the well-being of local families and individuals in need. Helping out with food insecurities promotes optimism and will have a positive effect on our community."


The ACF Double-Up Donation Program supports county Farm Bureaus' efforts to end hunger in their communities by providing matching funds to local organizations and programs which represent the ACF mission. County Farm Bureaus initiate the nomination and donation process, and the selected program is approved for an ACF matching donation by a committee of ACF donors based on the need of the organization, population being served and overall goal of the program. ACF will award $20,000 in county donation matches in 2024.


The ACF, whose mission is to end hunger in Michigan, is a donor-designated fund administered through the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture. The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, a 501(c)(3) governed by Michigan Farm Bureau's board of directors, positively contributes to the future of Michigan agriculture through leadership and educational programming. Through grant programs like Feeding the Future, Farm Bureau agents, clients, and partners provide food and educational programs to Michigan residents struggling with hunger and aid the more than 3,000 hunger-relief agencies throughout the state.


Photo insert is of Farm Bureau Board Member Gene Sahr presenting check for $972 to Eleanor's Pantry Executive Director Sue Miller. The pantry thanks Farm Bureau for this recognition and for the generous donation.