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May 01, 2013   Email to Friend 

WEST ALABAMA FOOD BANK, AG FOUNDATION RECEIVE DONATIONS ON BEHALF OF ALABAMA DAIRY FARMER
Will Gilmer, owner, Gilmer Dairy Farm, selects organizations for charitable gift
Melissa Martin
(334) 612-5448
May 01, 2013

On behalf of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance, Lamar County dairy farmer Will Gilmer presented a $4,000 check to the West Alabama Food Bank today for their "secret meals" program. The program provides weekend meal packages for schools to distribute to needy students. From left are Wendy Morrison, Lamar County Schools CNP director; Greg Parker, West Alabama Food Bank; Gilmer and Garth Moss, Lamar County Schools superintendent.

LAMAR COUNTY, Ala., May 1, 2013 — Two Alabama organizations received a total of $5,000 in donations today on behalf of Lamar County dairy farmer Will Gilmer. Gilmer was eligible to distribute the funds to charitable organizations of his choice through his selection as one of the "Faces of Farming & Ranching," a program initiated by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). 

Gilmer allocated $4,000 of the donation to the West Alabama Food Bank. The Food Bank will apply the contribution toward the cost of extending their "secret meals" program to Vernon Elementary School this spring semester. Through the program, the food bank provides food packages that schools distribute on Friday afternoons to children who may not receive adequate nutrition during the weekend. 

“Farmers and ranchers give back to their community every day,” said Gilmer. “I am no exception. The secret meals program will benefit the school where my wife teaches first grade and my son is a student. I feel blessed to be able to represent agriculture to consumers and media who have questions about how our food is grown and raised. It’s an added bonus that I am able to give back to my local food bank.”

The remaining $1,000 of the donation will be given to the Alabama Farmers Agriculture Foundation, which started in 2011 to support charitable, educational and scientific endeavors related to agriculture in Alabama. 

About Gilmer and the "Faces of Farming & Ranching" Program:
The nationwide search for the Faces of Farming & Ranching was launched by USFRA in June 2012 as a way to identify farmers and ranchers who are passionate about what they do and are eager to share their stories with consumer influencers and opinion leaders.

Gilmer and three other program winners were selected from more than 100 farmer and rancher applicants from across the country. As one of the Faces of Farming & Ranching, Gilmer is sharing his stories and experiences on a national stage to help answer consumers' questions about how food is grown and raised.

Will and his father own/operate a dairy farm in Sulligent, Ala. The dairy farm has been in continuous operation since Will’s grandfather established it on his parents' farm in the early 1950s. They currently milk 200 Holstein cows and raise their own replacement heifers, while managing 600 acres of land used for pasture and forage production. Those forages include hay, summer silage crops, and small grains/ryegrass for both silage and strip grazing.

About USFRA:
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) consists of nearly 80 farmer- and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners representing virtually all aspects of agriculture. USFRA works to engage in dialogues with consumers who have questions about how today’s food is grown and raised. USFRA is committed to continuous improvement and supporting U.S. farmers and ranchers efforts to increase confidence and trust in today’s agriculture.




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