The average age of American farmers is rising, coming in most recently at 58. The Culver’s restaurant chain wants to make sure that young people have access to quality agricultural education in order to properly maintain the nation’s future food supply.
Culver’s has donated $465,000 to agricultural education, including the FFA, during 2018. The donations are a part of the Culver’s “Thank You Farmers” project, an initiative that supports agricultural education programs that teach smart farming. Culver’s raised money and awareness for ag education through a number of different outlets. The Scoops of Thanks Day raised over $111,000.
Customers give a donation of $1 or more to local agricultural education programs in return for a free scoop of custard. A Culver’s news release says, “Every day we’re inspired by the passion and intelligence of our country’s agricultural students. Through the Thank You Farmers Program, we’re able to support them and ensure the agricultural industry has bright future leaders.”
Culver’s established the Thank You Farmers program in 2013 and, with the help of its customers, has donated over $2 million to agricultural education programs since then.