Mercer County Farm Bureau Donates Sweet Corn to Food Pantries in Adopted Legislator’s District
The Mercer County Farm Bureau loaded a truck bed full of sweet corn and drove to Des Plaines, Illinois where they donated over 50 dozen ears of sweet corn to food pantries in Senator Laura Murphy’s district. Senator Laura Murphy is Mercer County Farm Bureau’s Adopted Legislator.
The adopted legislator program builds long-term personal relationships between urban state legislators and farmers from across the state. The goal of the program is to educate urban legislators about agriculture and rural life while also helping our members better understand the needs and concerns of an urban district.
The sweet corn was delivered to Catholic Charities food pantry in Des Plaines where the Self-Help Closet & Pantry and Schaumburg Barn were able to come and pick-up sweet corn for their clients. After unloading the corn, bagging it, and distributing it among the three participating pantries, the group toured the Catholic Charities facility to learn about the many services and programs they offer the community. They also have a garden that supplies fresh produce for their clients that we toured.
After the sweet corn distribution and tour, the group had lunch together to discuss several legislative issues including trade and tariffs. After lunch, the Mercer County Farm Bureau presented Senator Laura Murphy with the Friend of Agriculture award in recognition of her strong support of agricultural issues.
A big thank you goes to Michael Zecher, Mercer County Farm Bureau President, for growing the sweet corn and donating the corn to those less fortunate. Also, thank you to Senator Murphy and her staff for helping to coordinate the event.