After the second year of participation in its “Thank You Farmers”program, Culver’s restaurants has raised more nearly a half-million dollars raised in support of the National FFA Foundation, local FFA chapters and a variety of local agriculture organizations.

The chain has contributed to the initiative with such efforts as:
• A larger-than-life Thank You Farmers corn maze in Tracy, Minn.
• Three blue barns sharing a giant thank you to America’s farmers
• A nationwide coloring contest that gave young guests the chance to be featured in Culver’s 2015 Thank You Farmers calendar
• In-restaurant fundraising backed by the efforts of more than 380 restaurants

“We’re excited to see the enthusiasm with which guests have embraced Thank You Farmers,” said Craig Culver, CEO and founder of Culver’s. “We’re deeply grounded in the farms that produce the dairy and grow the food that have made our restaurant what it is. It’s been a natural partnership since Culver’s was established over 30 years ago.”

The second year of Thank You Farmers kicked off with increased education around farming and where food comes from in Culver’s restaurants across the U.S. Participating restaurants pledged their support to farm families through percent-of-sales nights, a guest donation program and event sponsorships—all benefiting local chapters of the National FFA Organization and other agricultural organizations.

“Thank You Farmers has become an integral part of our story and is ingrained in our values and culture,” said David Stidham, Culver’s vice president of marketing. “We’ve witnessed firsthand the incredible energy and passion that these future agricultural leaders have for their fields. And we’re committed to helping ensure they reach their goals.