NORWALK – Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st® announce the winners of the second installment of the Fight the Hunger Stock the Trailer Contest. Junior county fair boards from 55 Ohio counties, gathered 169,456 pounds of food for 73 food banks over the course of fair season. The Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer Contest is hosted on a regional basis, award money goes directly to Junior Fair Activities.

In the Northeast Ohio Region, county junior fair boards from Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Erie, Geauga, Huron, Jefferson, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Morrow, Portage, Richland, Stark, Trumbull and Wayne collected food during their respective fairs. This year, Lorain County came in first place collecting 13,480 pounds of food. In second place collecting 4,920 pounds of food is Ashland County and coming in third is Huron County, with 4,160 pounds of food.

“Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer’s success in the second year is astonishing,” says Evan Hahn, Regional Vice President of Agricultural Lending for Farm Credit Mid-America. “that success can be attributed to the enthusiasm our team members, youth leaders and fair goers have for the rural communities we live in and serve.”

Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st created the Fight the Hunger, Stock the Trailer contest to further engage county fairs to collect food donations for local communities. Junior county fair boards were invited to participate in the challenge to fight hunger and had the opportunity to get creative with their food drives.

“Being part of this contest has been inspiring and shows the connection Farm Credit Mid-America’s mission has to our rural communities,” says Lindy McLaughlin, an Associate Financial Officer for Farm Credit Mid-America and one of the team members who leads the Fight Hunger, Stock the Trailer initiative. “The contest encourages youth leaders to come up with fun ways to engage their communities and drive donations.”

Prizes include a $500 award for each county fair that participates, followed by a $5,000 donation to the fair that raises the most food, followed by $3,500 for second place and $1,500 for third place within each respective region. In total, Farm Credit Mid-America and Rural 1st® awarded more than $60,000 to junior fairs.