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Farmers Union to Donate Founding Farmers Meals to National Guard Troops in D.C.


March 17, 2021 | View PDF

Great Falls, MT-National Guard troops on duty in our nation’s capital will soon be getting fresh from the farm food. Farmers Union Enterprises (FUE), announced last week it will be donating $50,000 to provide nutritious boxed meals. The meals will come from the Founding Farmers restaurants based in the Washington, D.C. area which are owned and operated by Farmers Union.

“Farmers are passionate about feeding people - it’s what we do best,” said Walter Schweitzer, Montana Farmers Union president. “We are very grateful to the National Guard for protecting our capital and our democracy and I was alarmed when I heard our guard was struggling to get healthy food to eat. To show our appreciation we are proud to join our Farmers Union partners to provide the troops a nutritious meal from our farmer-owned restaurants.”

Security for our nation is not just about soldiers and weapons, it is also about having food security. During the last year we have experienced food insecurity. Sixty years of a cheap food policy, which is about corporate control of our food dollar, has demonstrated vulnerabilities in our food supply chain. Schweitzer added “People should not have seen empty meat counters, rationed milk and produce when farmers were forced to euthanize livestock, dump milk and plow in vegetables. It is past time to focus on developing a more resilient food system. We need to redevelop a robust regionalized food system.” America needs to get back to growing food locally and preparing food to be eaten locally; this would lead to more food resiliency.

FUE is a partnership with Farmers Union organizations in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. They own several businesses in the Upper Midwest.

Dan Simons, Founding Farmers and Farmers Restaurant Group manager, said lunch and dinner meals will be delivered next week to the National Guard for distribution through their food service network.

“Heart. Generosity. Farming. Security. Service. The ingredients in this recipe are amazing on their own and even more remarkable together,” he said. “My team and I are honored to be able to provide delish meals to those who serve and protect each and every day, and have sincere gratitude to our farmer-owners for their generosity with funding this mission.”

Anyone wishing to donate to this humanitarian effort can do so online through the Montana Farmers Union Foundation at


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