California farms and ranches led the nation last year by donating more than 10 million pounds of food to needy families.

The effort was led by the state Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers program. Throughout the year its members participated in gleaning and collection activities in cooperation with farms, processors and packinghouses. The food was brought to food banks for distribution.

California ranked first among the 21 state farm bureaus that took part in Harvest For All. The national program last year raised more than 24 million pounds of food and $971,000 in donations.

The program was launched in 2003 as a partnership between the American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America. Since then Harvest for All has collected enough food and cash to provide more than 83 million meals.

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