Albion FFA food drive hits 35,000 pounds

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 16 December 2017 at 11:40 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Karli Henchen of the Albion FFA passes cans of sweet corn this morning when the FFA and community members unloaded 35,000 pounds of food donated by local farmers.

The Albion FFA has been organizing the food drive for about a decade and the 35,000 pounds set a new record.

FFA members were up early today packing up the produce, which was stacked on a tractor trailer owned by Panek Farms.

The food was delivered to Community Action on East State Street. The food was divvied up among eight food pantries in the county.

“This means the world to us,” said Annette Finch, director of community services for the agency. “I don’t have enough words to say what these young people have done for our community.”

Adam Krenning, the Albion FFA advisor, tosses a bag of potatoes to volunteers. Kenning said farmers continue to be generous to the annual drive.

The following donated to the effort:

Triple G Farms – Potatoes

Root Brothers – Cabbage

Kludt Brothers – Squash

Nesbitt Fruit Farm – Apples

Orchard Dale Fruit Farm – Apples

Kreher’s – Eggs

Martin Farms – Squash

Jeff Partyka – Apples

CY Farms – Onions

Starowitz Farms – Cabbage

Torrey Farms – Onions and Potatoes

Panek Family Farm – Green Beans and Corn

Robert Colby/ Colby Farms – Potatoes and Cabbage

Bittner Singer Orchards – Apples

Orleans County Farm Bureau- Hams

Mortellaro and Sons – Onions

Costanzo’s Bakery/ Dale Root – Bread

Adam Kirby – Apples

Navarra’s Greenhouses – Crates

Call Farms – Potatoes

Barry Flansburg, left, assists the FFA this morning. Garrett Derisley, the FFA president (center), passes a box of apples to Emilie Barleben, last year’s president. She is home on break from college and wanted to help this morning.

A line of volunteers, including Assemblyman Steve Hawley, unload the boxes.

Orleans Hub will post more pictures later today of the food drive.

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