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FUND ESTABLISHED TO HELP WISCONSINITES

Rural Mutual Insurance Company and Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation have established the
Wisconsin Food and Farm Support Fund to raise money for established non-profits that can help
Wisconsinites during the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative brings together two additional key partners,
Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin and The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Under the campaign each entity is taking a focus on a different need.
“We wanted to do something on a state-level that would not only help people in need but also our
farmers,” said Wisconsin Farm Bureau President and Rural Mutual Insurance President Joe Bragger. “In
order to provide help in a variety of ways, each entity took one initiative to focus on so that we could
assist a larger base of people.”
Rural Mutual Insurance will focus on collecting funds for Feeding Wisconsin. Feeding Wisconsin is the
statewide association of the Feeding America food banks that sources, warehouses, and provides food
to over 750 affiliated agencies and 1,000 local food programs throughout the state.
“Over the past six weeks, demand at the local food pantries have more than doubled, but the donations
to the pantries have slowed to half of their normal collections,” said Rural Mutual VP Customer
Acquisition and Service Jason Feist. “We wanted to partner with an organization that would keep
supplies moving while helping families in need.”
This effort will include Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin, the non-profit organization representing the state’s
dairy farm families, and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Through the joint effort, the partners will work on connecting processors to make dairy-specific
donations. The partnership will provide movement/consumption of milk and other Wisconsin agriculture
products to ensure farmers continue to have a place to sell their products, and provide Wisconsinites
access to these nutritious, high-quality products. DATCP will also continue its work to connect dots with
producers in a variety of other commodities. This will not only benefit the state’s farmers by keeping
product moving, but also help feed Wisconsinites in need. Producers, processors, and distributors
of non-dairy commodities who are interested in finding ways to get their products to consumers
experiencing food insecurity should contact DATCP by emailing Bradford.Steine@wisconsin.gov.
Since the Safer at Home order, Wisconsin dairy farmers, processors and communities have joined
forces to provide more than 10 million pounds of dairy products on a milk equivalency basis
(representing more than 1.2 million gallons of milk) to the state’s growing number of individuals in need
of assistance.
Wisconsin Farm Bureau will focus on collecting funds and create awareness for Harvest of Hope.
Harvest of Hope provides financial help to Wisconsin farm families in times of need. The Harvest of
Hope Fund provides grants to farm families who need financial assistance to meet emergency needs
for food, home heating fuel, medical or veterinary expenses, electric power cut-offs, climatic conditions
(drought, floods, frost, hail), feed for cattle,
machinery repair, retraining or other immediate
situations. Funding is also available to purchase
seed, fertilizer, fuel, and other supplies needed.
“It’s been a tough climate for our state’s farmers
the last five years, and now we have been hit by
unannounced pandemic,” said WFBF’s Interim
Chief Administrative Officer Dave Daniels.
“Harvest of Hope is a unique organization that
grants money to farmers who need assistance in
unprecedented times. It’s an appropriate time to
support this well-respected organization.”
Learn more about the Wisconsin Food and Farm
Support Fund by visiting
ruralmutual.com/about/donations or
wfbf.com/wisconsin-food-and-farm-support-fund.

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