Jul 05, 2011  |  Today's News

It turns out there is such thing as a free lunch after all, thanks to Illinois Farm Families.  In fact, they are offering Illinois residents the chance to win a free breakfast, lunch and dinner – by way of free groceries for an entire year.   From July 5 through Oct. 2, 2011, Illinois residents can register for two grand prizes of “Free Groceries for a Year!”* at Two additional sweepstakes prizes also are being offered, including an Illinois Fall Get-Away package to a bed and breakfast and a Family Harvest Day package out on an Illinois farm. 


Upon visiting, consumers can register to win by “meeting one of five Illinois family farmers” through a short video showing how each produces safe, healthy food. Visitors can register up to five times every day by meeting each of the farmers.  


The Farmers Feed US website features beef cattle, corn, dairy, hog, and soybean farmers from across the state, sharing information about their farms and their families. In addition to guiding visitors through the sweepstakes registration, each farmer also offers a brief online farm tour. 


Featured Illinois Farm Families include: 

?,? Deb and Ron Moore, soybean farmers from Roseville

?,? Brent and Kathy Scholl, hog farmers from Polo

?,? Dale and Linda Drendel, dairy farmers from Hampshire

?,? Mike and Lynn Martz, beef cattle farmers from Maple Park

?,? Steve and Elizabeth Ruh, corn farmers from Sugar Grove


 “As Illinois farmers, we’re thrilled to offer free groceries for a year to the consumers of our great state,” says Deb Moore, one of the featured farmers on “This is an opportunity for Illinois Farm Families to show Illinois consumers how we grow their food, and to let them know we share their values - taking care of our families, taking care of our animals and land and giving back to our communities.”  


Over the course of the 90-day sweepstakes, consumers throughout the state will also see and hear from these Illinois Farm Families as they are featured in television and radio advertising, and on Facebook ( and Twitter (