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ALACHUA As they do every year, Hitchcock’s Markets participated in livestock auctions throughout North Central Florida to support 4-H and Future Farmers of America, organizations that focus on agriculture education and learning to help youth develop leadership and life skills through a positive developmental approach.

Taking place throughout the month of March, the county fairs attended included the Alachua County Fair, Suwanee River Fair, and the Putnam County Fair. At the livestock auctions, Hitchcock’s executives took the time to learn more about the students’ projects and donated over $30,000 by purchasing steers, swine and goats this year. Purchases included Trystan Hobby's Grand Champion Steer from Williston, Ryan Barber's Grand Champion Steer from Interlachen and Emily Lands' Home-Grown Champion Steer from Palatka.

Hitchcock’s Markets gives back to their communities year-round. The family owned and operated 12 store chain is proud to be able to support their local youth and give back in many ways. Carlos Alvarez, CEO of Hitchcock’s Markets stated, “The youth of our communities are our future. It is imperative that we come together and support them every step of the way so our communities will continue to thrive going forward”.

The 4-H and FFA groups rely on support from community members and businesses, such as Hitchcock’s Markets. These auctions provide children and young adults the opportunity to learn and get familiar with the business side of farming and agriculture, as well as gain a better understanding of the cattle industry. The money that is raised at the auctions goes directly to the kids so they can support their project for the following year and save up for their college studies.

Hitchcock’s Markets is a family owned and operated chain of grocery stores based out of Alachua, Florida. Since 1945, Hitchcock’s has recognized the need for rural towns in Central Florida to have clean, well-stocked, and service driven food stores. The Hitchcock’s company has continued to grow over the years to locations across the state of Florida providing full-service grocery stores in many towns that used to be considered food deserts. Today, Hitchcock’s has 12 stores and two pharmacies. Hitchcock’s prides itself in having the best meats and butchers and being a place where locals can count on the highest quality products, competitive prices, clean stores, and well trained and knowledgeable employees. More information is available at www.myhitchcocks.com

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