Farm Credit donates $ 85,000 to local food banks

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Westminster, Maryland, December 23, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – MidAtlantic Farm Credit, a member-owned cooperative and a national farm credit system institution, donated a total of $ 85,000 in December to local food banks on their territory of five states:

  • $ 25,000 to the Maryland Food Bank
  • $ 25,000 to the Delaware Food Bank
  • $ 12,500 to Blessings of Hope in Pennsylvania
  • $ 12,500 to help with the harvest in Pennsylvania
  • $ 10,000 to the Mountaineer Food Bank in West Virginia (half of the joint contribution with Farm Credit of the Virginias)

“Our local communities are positively impacted by food banks throughout the year, and more than ever before in 2020,” said Tom Truitt, CEO of MidAtlantic Farm Credit. “We are happy to be able to support these organizations in our footprint and to show our appreciation for their fight against hunger, especially during this difficult year. Many of our members and local farmers also provide resources to food banks, which aligns with our mission to support our communities through good times and bad.

These donations are in addition to the $ 10,000 MidAtlantic Farm Credit given to the Virginia Federation of Food Banks earlier this year; a joint effort with Colonial Farm Credit and Farm Credit of the Virginias.

“As food donations continue to be affected and demand increases as COVID-19 cases increase, thanks to the generous financial support of Farm Credit, the Maryland Food Bank can continue to purchase and distribute food in local communities, “says Jennifer Small, Maryland Senior Regional Director of Food Bank Programs,” enabling us to better serve our partnership programs that serve the public in very direct ways – by providing food to families, individuals, to children and the elderly facing food insecurity on the Maryland coast.

“This donation will allow us to provide our neighbors in need with 75,000 meals,” said Sanjay Malik, interim CEO of the Delaware Food Bank. “It has been a difficult year for all of us, but especially for our food insecure neighbors. Many of the families we serve are asking for help for the first time in their lives. We are grateful that so many members of our community are helping out. “

For more information on how farm credit is supporting local food banks and fighting hunger, visit mafc.com/blog/farmers-fight-hunger.

About MidAtlantic Farm Credit

MidAtlantic Farm Credit is an agricultural credit union owned by its borrowing members. It provides agricultural loans for land, equipment, livestock and production; crop insurance; and rural home mortgages. The cooperative has over 12,000 members and over $ 2.8 billion in outstanding loans. MidAtlantic has branches serving Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is part of the National Farm Credit System, a network of financial cooperatives established in 1916 to provide a reliable source of credit to farmers and rural America.

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