Birkey’s Farm Store 60-Day Hunger Drive raised one million meals for 7 food banks in Illinois and Indiana. On Friday, April 11, President and CEO Mike Hedge concluded the drive with a presentation to Jim Hires, the President of the board of directors of Feeding Illinois.
A fully-restored Farmall Super MTA was raffled off as a way to encourage donations. Ross Cluver of Buckley, Illinois, won the prize. His farm hosted Friday’s presentation. Cluver’s donation supported the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, who also sent a representative to the event.
- Since it was commissioned in January, a 60-year-old red tractor traveled more than 1,300 miles, visiting 12 of Birkey’s 13 store locations.
- A $1 donation buys 6 meals. Birkey’s goal was to raise $100,000 for 600,000 meals in honor of the company’s 60th Anniversary.
- More than 1,000,000 (1 million) meals, or $167,000, were raised for 7 local food banks.
- Over 3,000 individuals donated to the drive, purchasing more than 21,000 entries into the raffle.
- The drive ran for 60 days and ended at the Grand Opening of Birkey’s in Urbana.
- The tractor was restored by 8 Parkland College students who are part of the Diesel Tech program.