In collaboration with the Farmers Ending Hunger organization, we are proud to introduce Farmers Ending Hunger Day on Wednesday, September 11, 2024 at the annual Pendleton Round-Up and Happy Canyon! The Wednesday performance at the 2024 Round-Up and Happy Canyon Night Pageant will be dedicated to bringing awareness in the fight against hunger in the state of Oregon and the surrounding region.
Farmers Ending Hunger works with local farmers to produce food for those who need it most. The Pendleton Round-Up has adopted twenty acres of farmland in its fight against hunger. The money raised by adopting acres is used for transportation, food processing and packaging costs. What’s more, the Pendleton Round-Up, with the assistance of NW Farm Credit Services and River Point Farms, will match up to $5,000 donated by attendees and fans at this year’s Round-Up. There will also be a dedicated social media campaign to support this initiative; follow the Pendleton Round-Up on Facebook for more.
“The issue of hunger hits close to home for the Pendleton Round-Up and members of our community,” said Tiah Degrofft, president, Pendleton Round-Up. “Farmers Ending Hunger is fighting back against this growing issue in our state, and we are proud to support and invest in this great cause to better the City of Pendleton, surrounding region and great state of Oregon.”
Oregon holds one of the highest rates of hunger in the United States, and continues to rank in the top five states for food insecurity among children. Partnering with Farmers Ending Hunger, the Pendleton Round-Up will work closely with local farmers to donate food to hungry Oregonians. Last year, the Farmers Ending Hunger organization donated over 6 million pounds of food to the Oregon Food Bank; 85% of which comes from local Umatilla and Morrow counties. Donated food is distributed through the Oregon Food Bank’s extensive networks across the state.
Farmers Ending Hunger Day at the 2022 Pendleton Round-Up will feature interactive exhibits, experts onsite to discuss solutions to the food crisis in Oregon and opportunities for rodeo attendees to help contribute to fighting hunger through donations and action. Tickets for the Wednesday, September 14 rodeo performance start at $15; packages are still available for families. To order tickets for the 2022 Pendleton Round-Up visit http://www.pendletonroundup.com/or call (541) 276- 2553.
To learn more about Farmers Ending Hunger, or to donate, visit www.farmersendinghunger.com.