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Illinois QC Farmers Fight Hunger

Rock Island County Farm Bureau

The 12th annual Bushels for Hunger program is underway. Starting October 1st and through the end of January, farmers in Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties can donate grain to support the River Bend Foodbank.

Tara Mayhew, Manager of the Rock Island County Farm Bureau, says since the program began in 2010, it's raised 255,000 dollars.

"All the farmer needs to do is when they're hauling grain into one of the participating elevators is say 'I would like to donate x amount of bushels of whether it's corn or beans to the Bushels for Hunger program.' Then the elevator sells those bushels at the closing bid for the day."

Their goal each year is 16,000 dollars, but depending on the weather, crop conditions, and grain markets, the program could raise 20,000 dollars or more.

Mayhew says the 255,000 dollars raised since Bushels for Hunger started provided more than 1.3 million meals for people in need.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.