In 2017, the nearly 650 Culver’s restaurants in 24 states and the chain’s support center donated over $400,000 to agricultural education initiatives in schools and organizations like the National FFA Organization, bringing Culver’s total Thank You Farmers® Project donations to date to more than $1.7 million.
Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, which is entering its sixth year, is designed to thank the people who have made Culver’s the success it is today: the American farmer.
With the global population expected to increase from 7.6 to 9.8 billion by 2050, the world needs to rise to the challenge of feeding 29 percent more people using the same amount of land and water that we have today.
Those responsible for figuring out how to sustainably feed our growing population are likely currently sitting in classrooms, playing on playgrounds or yet to be born. The bottom line: Our youth are our future. That’s why Culver’s Thank You Farmers® Project was created to make sure we have enough wholesome food to serve our growing population by supporting agricultural education programs that encourage smart farming.
Of the total amount donated through Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project, approximately 75 percent has come from guests supporting local fundraising at Culver’s restaurants. The additional donated dollars come from Culver’s sponsorship and funding of initiatives that benefit the National FFA Organization and Foundation, which helps its more than 653,000 student members develop their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
“Whether it’s donating $1 on Scoops of Thanks Day, pledging support on our restaurant walls or dining with us on a fundraising day, every contribution—big or small—from our guests makes a difference,” said Jessie Kreke, Culver’s senior marketing manager, who’s seen firsthand how these donations have saved a high school ag program and brought tears of joy to the eyes of students who’ve received scholarships and can now afford to pursue a secondary education.
In 2018, Culver’s restaurants across the country will continue to fundraise for initiatives and organizations like FFA that work toward solutions for feeding our growing population. “To our guests who have supported the Thank You Farmers Project in the past and to those who will support it in the future: Thank you, from all of us at Culver’s,” said Kreke.
For over 30 years, Culver’s guests have been treated to cooked-to-order food made with farm-fresh ingredients and served with a smile. The ever-expanding franchise system now numbers nearly 650 family-owned and operated restaurants in 24 states. The restaurants’ nationally recognized customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality. Signature items include the award-winning ButterBurger, made from fresh, never frozen beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers or www.instagram.com/culvers
About the National FFA Organization:
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the official National FFA Organization blog.