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Farm Bureau sparks awareness about food

Ken and Betty Tvedt of Alexandria went through the checkout line at Elden's Fresh Foods recently after winning a $50 gift card from the Douglas County Farm Bureau Federation. The Federation gave away two gift cards on the Open Line radio show as part of Food Awareness Month, which was in February. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

Minnesota Farm Bureau celebrated February as Food Awareness Month.

The effort sparked awareness of all things food, from the farmers who grow and raise food, to food safety and availability.

"Farm Bureau's Food Awareness Month is aimed at helping American consumers learn about the food they eat every day," said Mike Rouillard, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion and Education Committee chair. "Minnesota farmers and ranchers take pride in ensuring safe food choices for Minnesota families."

To mark the occasion, county Farm Bureaus throughout the state hosted events and worked with food shelves to increase awareness of local food and hunger.