Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project celebrated its 10th year by reaching a major milestone: $5 million in total funds raised to support the mission of advocating for agriculture’s positive impact on the world.
This achievement includes a single-year-record $1 million raised in 2023 through systemwide and local charitable initiatives alike.
Fueled by generous guest contributions in events throughout each year, the Thank You Farmers Project directly supports people and organizations working to bring positive change to the agriculture industry. Beneficiaries include change agents in Culver’s local communities and national organizations working to advance the industry on a broader scale, such as the National FFA Organization and U.S. Farmers and Ranchers in Action.
“Culver’s is proud to celebrate ten years of the Thank You Farmers Project, and we sincerely thank all of our guests who have joined us over the years in supporting the future of the agriculture industry,” said Alison Demmer, Culver’s marketing and public relations manager. “Every time our guests choose Culver’s, they’re supporting the agriculture industry we all rely on. We look forward to accomplishing even more with their help in the next decade and beyond.”
Through the Thank You Farmers Project, Culver’s strives to show its gratitude to farmers and others working in the agriculture industry, support agriculture’s role in creating climate-smart initiatives and fund agricultural education programs in collaboration with the National FFA Organization. Culver’s brought these goals to life in several notable ways throughout 2023, including:
Scoops of Thanks Day, also in its ninth year, offered guests the opportunity to get a single scoop of Fresh Frozen Custard in exchange for a $1 donation to local FFA chapters and other agricultural education organizations. Guests donated a total of $153,464 in the fundraiser.
In the Concretes for a Cause fundraiser event, Culver’s donated $1 from each Concrete Mixer sold systemwide over a three-day period to local hunger relief initiatives, totaling $488,724.
Culver’s celebrated the nation’s hardworking farmers and ranchers in the To Farmers With Love Contest, as guests nominated a farmer in their own life to win a prize. Out of 2,246 total entries, fifteen winners will soon be selected to win a $500 cash prize, Culver’s gift cards and swag, along with a $575 donation given to their local FFA chapter in their name.
The ninth annual FFA Essay Contest, in conjunction with the National FFA Organization and USFRA, granted a total of $15,000 to the FFA chapters of three winning students to support agriculture leadership and education opportunities.