Kane County Farm Bureau receives national award for hunger relief effort

KANE COUNTY—Kane County Farm Bureau’s Harvest for ALL hunger relief effort was recently selected by the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE) to receive one of just six Summit Awards for 2011.

The Summit Awards are the highest honor bestowed upon an organization in ASAE’s Pow- er of A Awards. The Power of A is an aware- ness campaign launched by ASAE to educate and inform policymakers in Washington and other outside audiences about the wealth of resources and expertise in the association com- munity.

ASAE recognized the value the effort has in building a stronger community. Since Harvest for ALL started in April 2009, donors have con- tributed and pledged over $50,000 to area food pantries. Twenty area food pantries and the Northern Illinois Food Bank have been chosen to receive crop proceeds, cash, vegetables, eggs and other in-kind donations.

“The generosity shown by local farmers and Farm Bureau members is impressive,” KCFB President Joe White said. “I don’t think anyone really expected the program to do this well, and it’s really a testimony to the strength of our asso- ciation and the support of our members.”

A formal award presentation by ASAE will occur at the National Building Museum in Wash- ington, D.C. in October, where the successes of the Harvest for ALL program over the past two-and-a-half years will be shared with asso- ciation executives, government officials and business and community leaders in attendance.

White said representatives from Kane Coun- ty Farm Bureau will accept the award on behalf of all the Harvest for ALL donors who are help- ing combat hunger in their communities.

“These programs exemplify the best efforts of associations committed to making a mean- ingful contribution to society,” said John H. Ganoe, CAE, Association Management Group, Inc., chair of The Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “They illustrate in a substantive, tangible way the dedication of association pro- fessionals and association members across the country and around the world who strive to help others and build a stronger America and a bet- ter world. We are honored to present these six organizations with the highest award offered in the association community.”

Visit www.kanecfb.com to view a video about Harvest for ALL and to download a par- ticipation form.