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Culver's Raises Half-Million Dollars for 'Thank You Farmers' Fund
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/28/2015

The Wisconsin-based Culver's restaurant chain announced it has contributed nearly $500,000 to the National FFA Foundation during the second year of its 'Thank You Farmers' initiative. The franchise says the program has connected with people across the nation in its goal to thank family farmers who have made Culver's the business it is today.

"We're excited to see the enthusiasm with which guests have embraced 'Thank You Farmers,'" said CEO and Founder Craig Culver. "We're deeply grounded in the farms that produce the dairy and grow the food that have made our restaurant what it is. It's been a natural partnership since Culver's was established over 30 years ago."

The second year of 'Thank You Farmers' kicked off with increased education around farming and where food comes from in Culver's restaurants across the U.S. Participating restaurants pledged their support to farm families through percent-of-sales nights, a guest donation program and event sponsorships--all benefiting local chapters of the National FFA Organization and other agricultural organizations.

Funds were used for projects like a corn maze in Minnesota, painting three blue barns sharing a giant 'thank you to America's farmers' message, and sponsoring a nationwide coloring contest.

In 2013, Culver's also held an online donation campaign to contribute to the cause. That project raised $50,000 for FFA sponsorships.

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