Local families active in agriculture and the 4-H program announced new funds on behalf of their mothers to buy surplus milk products and produce them for distribution to local food kitchens.

The Hyde Family has established the Food Fund for the Joyce Ann Hyde Family, which is built on three pillars that support the fund’s mission: supporting local agriculture, following the 4-H principle of “creating a donor heart” and supporting a food kitchen.

The money collected from these funds will be used to buy milk, cheese and other dairy products through local processors and will work with Connecticut farmers to buy excess products at full market prices, brothers Brandon and Harlan Hyde said in a news release announcing the funds.

The funds will donate food for food kitchens and soup kitchens in the New London County area. Every surplus will be donated to the local food bank. The premise is to enable public kitchens and kitchens to focus their money on purchasing other items needed.

The fund will work with 4-H to encourage the goals of the youth volunteerism program and to educate young people about the “critical nature of food insecurity by involving them in providing fresh agricultural products to those in need,” the release said.

To make a donation, please pay a check to: New London County Agricultural Extension Council Inc. with a memo that the money was for “Food Funds for Joyce Ann Hyde’s Family (JAHFFFF).

Send a check to: Food Fund for Joyce Ann Hyde’s Family (JAHFFFF), c / o Harlan Hyde Jr., 447 Pendleton Hill Road, North Stonington, CT 06359.

For information, contact Harlan Hyde Jr. at (860) 861-5501 or email at [email protected].

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