FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2021
Contact: Hannah Packman, 303-819-8737
WASHINGTON – To feed National Guard troops on duty in our nation’s capital, Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE) donated $50,000 to provide roughly 5,000 meals from D.C.-based restaurants Farmers Fishers Bakers and Founding Farmers, both of which are part of Farmers Restaurant Group. FUE is made up of several Farmers Union-owned businesses in the Upper Midwest, the dividends of which help fund Farmers Union organizations in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin, as well as National Farmers Union.
“We all owe a debt of gratitude to the National Guard, who have spent months of their valuable time protecting American democracy. But residents of Washington, D.C., have a unique appreciation for the work they have done to keep us and our beloved city safe,” said National Farmers Union (NFU) President Rob Larew, whose office is mere blocks from the United States Capitol. “As farmers, one of the best ways we know how to thank these brave individuals for their sacrifice is with food. We hope that these hearty, wholesome meals from farmer-owned restaurants will adequately convey our admiration and help give them the spirit to continue performing their invaluable service.”
The first delivery of lunch and dinner meals was made this morning to the D.C. Armory, where they will be distributed to National Guard troops. Several more deliveries will be made over the next four weeks. “My team and I are honored to be able to provide delicious meals to those who serve and protect each and every day,” said Farmers Restaurant Group co-owner Dan Simons, “and have sincere gratitude to our farmer-owners for their generosity with funding this mission.”
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National Farmers Union advocates on behalf of nearly 200,000 American farm families and their communities. We envision a world in which farm families and their communities are respected, valued, and enjoy economic prosperity and social justice.