Denver -- When lawmakers from North Carolina and Colorado announced a Super Bowl showdown of their own, to see which Statehouse could donate most to the UnitedinOrange.org food drive, few knew that the Centennial State had a secret weapon, in the state's big-hearted farmers, that would tip the contest decisively in its favor.
Colorado lawmakers hauled in a bounty of food items on “Orange Tuesday,” despite blizzard conditions. But the state really began running up the score on North Carolina after State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg (R-Sterling) began asking farm sector friends and associates for help.
And what help he and other lawmakers got.
• Ardent Mills and the Colorado Association of Wheat Growers donated over 2,000 lbs. of flour;
• A combined $1,500 in gift cards was donated by the Colorado Farm Bureau, the Colorado Livestock Association, the Colorado Pork Producers Council and the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union;
• Morning Fresh Farms and the Colorado Egg Producers donated over 250,000 eggs (or 25,0000 lbs.);
• Live Well Colorado donated $250 worth of fresh produce: and
• Sakata Farms donated 8,000 lbs. of onions
Sonnenberg and other lawmakers applauded these remarkable acts of generosity, which have an estimated combined value of $42,300.
"I am so proud that Colorado's Ag industry enthusiastically stepped up to the challenge to feed the needy," said Sonnenberg. "Their donations and commitment to take care of the hungry is admirable. Thank you to the farmers and ranchers for their selfless contributions."
"Food, fuel, fiber, fellow man" tweeted Senator Chris Holbert (R-Douglas County), in summing up what Colorado’s game-changing agriculture sector is all about.
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