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Partnership to provide nearly 2 million pounds of cabbage to feed hungry in Michigan & U.S.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019  
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As the proverb goes, two heads are better than one. That certainly is the case for the Food Bank Council of Michigan and its member food banks who are benefiting from a partnership with Petersburg farmer Mike Iott.

Iott, a third-generation farmer at Iott Ranch & Orchard, is on schedule to provide nearly 2 million pounds of cabbage to Michigan food banks and the Feeding America network. In past years, Iott had to leave a majority of that amount of cabbage in the field because it did not meet chain store size specifications.

“Feeding America and the food banks have helped us utilize our entire crop,” said Iott. “We are so thankful and appreciative of this business. We look forward to doing more.”

Iott’s Ranch & Orchard grows approximately 700 acres of cabbage along with 520 acres of processing tomatoes and 100 acres of vine ripe fresh market tomatoes. Cabbage is a crop that is both hand planted and hand harvested. No machine alone can do either.

“It is farmers like Mike who are truly making a difference in the fight to end food insecurity in our state,” said Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. “Being in the second most agriculturally diverse state in the U.S., our farmers have definitely stepped up their efforts to make healthy foods readily available to those who don’t know where their next meal will come from.”

For more information on food insecurity in Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org.

Founded in 1984, the Food Bank Council of Michigan was created to implement a unified strategy to address and alleviate hunger statewide. FBCM works with its regional food banks and over 2,800 hunger relief agencies, private companies, farmers, state and federal officials, and other allies to make sure no Michigander goes without food. For more information about the Food Bank Council of Michigan, visit www.fbcmich.org or call 517.485.1202.

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