In celebration of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Week, Caddo County Farm Bureau donated more than $12,000 to senior nutrition centers, 4-H and FFA programs and fire departments throughout the county.
Senior nutrition centers in Anadarko, Apache, Binger, Carnegie, Cement, Cyril, Fort Cobb and Hinton each received $500 to help fund nutrition programs in the county. The centers provide meals for senior citizens free-of-charge.
“We try to support the community in any way that we can,” said Wayne Taggart, Caddo County Farm Bureau president. “Our rural communities are really the ones that feed the nation. By giving back to our local communities, we can tie together those that produce the food and those that eat the food.”
Outside of funding from the county, the senior nutrition centers rely on fundraisers and donations from the community.
“People like Farm Bureau donating $500, you can’t beat that,” said Ron Roberts of the Apache Senior Nutrition Center.
Roberts said he plans to use the funds to purchase a new dishwasher for the center.
Each 4-H and FFA chapter in the county also received $100 from Caddo County Farm Bureau, while each county rural fire department received $250.
Founded in 1942, Oklahoma Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization of farm and ranch families united for the purpose of analyzing issues and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement in each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. As the state’s leading agricultural organization, Farm Bureau is committed to improving the lives of rural Oklahomans through advocacy, education and member benefits. To learn more, visit https://www.okfarmbureau.org/.