If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

I used the same proverb to introduce my December 2020 CropTalk feature article – If You Give a Man a Fish. In it, I detailed the selfless work of Kenton and Autumn Hofer from Bridgewater, South Dakota, and their tireless efforts with Growing Hope Globally. Growing Hope is an agricultural-based organization dedicated to providing training on sustainable agriculture, nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, access to water, seeds, and land to people in need around the world.

I had hoped that the article would promote Growing Hope Globally and maybe even drum up some interest among other Beck’s customers and dealers to join their efforts. But I could have never imaged that it would connect customers who live 895 miles away from one another.

In February, it was brought to my attention that a group of farmers and farmer-dealers in Michigan (who were also part of a group effort to make an impact and help those less fortunate overseas) scheduled a Zoom call with Kenton to learn more about his efforts in South Dakota. As it turns out, the Thumb Area Hunger Relief Project (formally the Huron County Hunger Relief Project) also supports Growing Hope Globally and its missions throughout the world. The Thumb Area Hunger Relief Project committee is comprised of 19 people, including Beck’s Dealers Tom Ziel and Tom Hess and customer Jim Licht.

The Michigan-based committee was formed in 2003 under the leadership of the late Merlin Yoder. As a man rooted in his Christian faith, Merlin had a vision and felt called to help those in need.

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