As a farmer, 4H member, or FFA member raising livestock, you’re producing food that nourishes people in our local communities and across the country. Grand Champion Giving offers an easy way to provide that high-quality food source to your neighbors struggling with hunger.
Through the Grand Champion Giving program, businesses, farmers, and individuals can donate livestock they’ve purchased from a livestock auction at any partnered fair to Feeding America West Michigan at no additional cost to them (beyond the actual purchase of the animal), while receiving tax benefits. Feeding America West Michigan covers the cost of transportation, slaughter, and processing. 4H members receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the animal, and hungry neighbors receive meat that was raised with care right here in Michigan. All of the meat from the donated animals goes back to folks in the county it came from.
Want to get involved? Contact Product Sourcing Manager, Jerry Knapp:
Feeding America West Michigan
864 West River Center Dr. NE
Comstock Park, MI 49321
With the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, many of our partnered fairs have had to either cancel their fairs and auctions, or drastically change the way they host them this year. Many of our partnered fairs have moved to virtual auctions – which means you can still donate! Things are changing every day, but as we have details on auctions taking place, we’ll update you here. Expect to see auctions added as details are finalized.
Montcalm Co. Fair: Virtual Auction, completed.
Oceana Co. Fair: Virtual Auction, details TBD.
Ionia Free Fair: Auction anticipated, details TBD.
Allegan Co. Fair: Going forward as planned. Auction taking place Wednesday, September 16 at 11:00a
Thank you to our 2019 fair donors! We appreciate your support more than you know!
Where does the meat go?
Feeding America West Michigan is partnered with more than 900 agencies across West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The meat from donated livestock will be distributed to partner agencies in the county it came from who will provide to neighbors who struggle with hunger.
How can I donate?
There are a couple of ways you can donate to the Grand Champion Giving program:
• Donate at Auction. Attend a livestock auction listed above, bid on the animal(s) of your choice, and check the purchase for donation upon checkout at the fair! All you do is pay for your purchase of the animal, and we handle the rest. The 4H members still receive 100% of the proceeds, and we cover the cost of transportation, slaughter, and processing.
• Donate Livestock. Donate livestock straight from your farm. Farmers can donate animals the same way. We still cover all of the costs of slaughter and processing. Plus, your donation is tax-deductible.
• Give Cash. Donate funds to help sustain the program at FeedWM.org/Donate, and be sure to add “Grand Champion Giving” into the special instructions box!
Can I be sure food safety practices are taking place?
Absolutely. All of the livestock donated will be butchered and processed only at USDA-certified slaughterhouses and processors. Feeding America West Michigan itself is subject to rigorous audits by the USDA, AIB, and inspectors from the national Feeding America office.