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American Farm Families Receive the "Thanks" They Deserve

June Dairy Month Brings the Focus to Farmers Nationwide Through Culver's "Thank You Farmers" Campaign

PRAIRIE DU SAC, WI--(Marketwired - June 02, 2014) - June Dairy Month brings the efforts of America's farm families front and center. And now, Culver's is strengthening that spotlight through the second year of its "Thank You Farmers" campaign. In partnership with participating restaurants, great guests, the National FFA Foundation, local FFA chapters and other agricultural groups, Culver's turns gratitude into full-fledged support of today's farm families. Guests play a huge role in giving back to those who give us so much -- from the brand new Coloring Contest featuring Culver's mascot, Scoopie, to in-restaurant Share Nights. That passion and support has ushered in what is hoped to be an even more successful second year.

"We were blown away by the success and support for the first year of Thank You Farmers," said Craig Culver, CEO and co-Founder of Culver's. "Our participating restaurants, guests and the agricultural community rallied behind our efforts to give back to those who give us so much. We're even more excited to launch the second year." Last year over $220,000 was donated to the FFA Foundation nationally in addition to local chapters.

Thank You Farmers kicks off June 2 nationally at participating restaurants and online. New this year is Culver's "Sign of Thanks" social promotion. From June 2 to 13, guests are invited to share a photo of themselves posing with a thank-you note to farmers on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #culverssignofthanks. For every thank-you shared, Culver's will donate $1 to the National FFA Foundation, up to $50,000.

Also new this year is the Scoopie Coloring Contest in which young guests will be able to let their creativity shine by coloring one of 12 different farming-themed coloring pages. Twelve winning entries from around the country will be featured in the 2015 Culver's calendar. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit local FFA chapters.

Additional Thank You Farmers support efforts will include:

  • Share nights - A percentage of sales from an entire evening will be donated to a chosen FFA chapter in June
  • Scoopie Token and guest donation program - Kids who receive Scoopie Tokens intended for frozen custard or toys can turn them back in as a donation to a local FFA chapter
  • Blue Barn Wall Clings - Guests demonstrate their support by donating and writing their names on fun Blue Barn wall clings that will hang in-restaurant for the duration of the campaign
  • In-restaurant special events - Petting zoos, educational days and more will be happening at various participating restaurants across the nation

Learn more about Culver's efforts to recognize this nation's great family farmers at http://www.culvers.com/farmers/from-gratitude-to-support/.

"Thank You Farmers allows us -- and our guests -- to celebrate where our food comes from in a meaningful way," said David Stidham, vice president of marketing at Culver's. "It's our way of recognizing the farmers who work so hard to provide us the great food we serve."

About Culver's:

Culver's serves fresh food, always cooked to order, with genuine family values to each and every guest. Culver's is an expanding franchise system with more than 500 independently owned and operated restaurants in 22 states. The restaurants' award-winning customer service is based on small-town, Midwestern values, genuine friendliness and an unwavering commitment to quality and freshness. Signature items include the ButterBurger®, made from fresh, never frozen Midwest-raised beef, and Fresh Frozen Custard, including the famous Flavor of the Day program. For more information, visit www.culvers.com, www.culvers.com/facebook, www.twitter.com/culvers, www.plus.google.com/+culvers or www.instagram.com/culvers.

About National FFA Foundation

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees comprised of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of all sponsorship dollars received by the foundation support FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit the National FFA Foundation at http://www.FFA.org/Give.

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 557,318 student members as part of 7,498 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress, and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at www.FFA.org, on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

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