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GreenStone Helps Kickoff Michigan Harvest Gathering
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GreenStone Farm Credit Services helped kickoff the 2012 Michigan Harvest Gathering today on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. This is the 12th consecutive year GreenStone has been a sponsor of the event.



GreenStone Helps Kickoff 2012 Michigan Harvest Gathering


GreenStone Farm Credit Services helped kickoff the 2012 Michigan Harvest Gathering today on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan. This is the 12th consecutive year GreenStone has been a sponsor of the event.

“GreenStone and our employees are committed to getting involved within the communities in which we serve,” said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone President and CEO. “Combating hunger in Michigan is a priority. GreenStone’s customers are tirelessly working to provide our state and the world with an affordable, safe and nutritious food supply to help remedy this growing problem.”

In addition to serving as a corporate sponsor for the Michigan Harvest Gathering, GreenStone is also coordinating an employee fundraiser and food drive to help reach the group’s goal of $1 million raised and 300,000 pounds of food donated.

According to the Michigan Harvest Gathering’s website, more than 18 percent of Michiganders struggle to put food on their table. The site also reports more than 1.1 million people will need assistance from a Michigan food bank. A 2009 report showed that Michigan’s Food Assistance cases reached a monthly average of 800,000 requests during the fourth quarter of that year. This continued a steady increase in cases since 2000, and marked an increase of more than 75 percent over the previous five years.

Michigan Harvest Gathering was started by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his wife Cynthia to help families experiencing tough and challenging times. The Michigan Harvest Gathering is a statewide food drive and fundraising effort to stock the shelves of food pantries, kitchens and shelters throughout Michigan. Those interested in learning more about the Michigan Harvest Gathering or making a donation can visit http://bit.ly/S7aq9M.

Teresa Vicary, from GreenStone’s Human Resources department, speaks during the 2012 Michigan Harvest Gathering kickoff at the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan.