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Farmers Help Feed The Hungry in Their Communities

Farmers Help Feed The Hungry in Their Communities
Two different families find ways to help others who are less fortunate.

Paul and Cindy Giles believe strongly in soil conservation. That was evident when they hosted a stop on the Indiana Farm Management Tour last week. They have converted 100 acres, including some of their landowners' land, into a converted wetland.

They also believe strongly in helping other. So for the past two years they have donated corn that is sold with the proceeds going to the Tri-State Food Bank. The goal is to "invest an acre" for people in need. The Foundation that supports the program was started by Howard Buffet.

"We like it and support it because 100% of the money received for the grain goes to the food bank," Paul says.

Community-minded: Carl, right, and Albert Schmitz are heavily involved in donating food to local food pantries in a community wide effort.

Last fall Max Armstrong, a Princeton, Ind., native and Farm Progress broadcaster, visited the Giles. He spent four hours taping a segment for the TV show that he also does each week.

"It was a pleasure to meet him and to talk about the program," Paul says.

Not that many miles away in Posey County, Carl and Delene Schmitz, named Master Farmers last week, and Carl's brother Albert are heavily involved in an independent program which also raises money that they convert into food for the hungry in both Posey and Vanderburgh Counties.

Carl and family helped found Partners in Food. Here's how it works. Seventy farmers give an acre of grain to the effort. In turn 70 business people who don't farm pay $250 each so that each farmer can at least recoup part of his costs.

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Then instead of donating money, the group buys food and takes it to five area food pantries. Carl and Albert play large roles in getting ground beef and sausage processed and actually delivering it. They also purchase potatoes and deliver those as well.

"We're a meat and potatoes type of group," Carl quips. "This is just something we believe in doing. All the money goes into food for the hungry. None is kept for overhead."

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