Celebration of Ag Committee
The Celebration of Agriculture is a proud supporter of HACAP. Since 1987 a donation has been taken during the evening event to present to HACAP. HACAP works diligently to reduce food insecurity in nine Eastern Iowa counties including in nine counties in Iowa: Benton, Dubuque, Delaware, Iowa, Jackson, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington. Last years event attendees together were able to make a donation of $10,000 to HACAP. The Celebration of Agriculture more specifically supports the Meat Processing Fund, this fund specifically helps to source and provide animal protein for families. Click the links below to learn more about how to support HACAP.
Linn County Broiler Chick Program
The Celebration of Agriculture is a proud supporter of youth in agriculture. Cash donations made during the Celebration of Agriculture event are used to cover the processing fees for the Broiler Chick Projects in Linn and Benton County as well as any other live animal donations that are made to HACAP. We are thrilled to see the impact this project is having on youth education and hunger relief in our community!
Over the past two years, the Linn County 4-H Broiler Chick Project has been made possible through support from ISU Extension and Outreach – Linn County, Interstate Grains, the Celebration of Agriculture and local volunteers. The Linn County 4-H Broiler Chick Project has provided youth the opportunity to raise poultry, engage in project learning, and increase understanding of food insecurity and the local food system in Linn County. Youth commit to raising a certain number of meat birds, received project-based education, and gained a sense of mastery through their Linn County Fair Poultry exhibit. After exhibiting at the fair, poultry was processed and then a portion of local, 4-H raised protein was donated to HACAP. In 2022 the Broiler Chick project expanded to Benton County. Over the two years of the project, 180 whole frozen chickens, the equivalent of 890 pounds of meat, have been donated to HACAP. This meat was shared with families facing food insecurity in both Benton and Linn County. The meat processing fund continues to grow and is available to pay for the meat processing for any meat donated to HACAP.