Birkey’s Raises 1 Million Meals

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.

Notable Numbers

  • 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.
  • $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. 
By : Birkey's /April 14, 2014 /Agriculture, Articles, Construction, Illini, Recent News, Uncategorized /0 Comment

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