GRAND ISLAND, Neb.– Nearly 14 percent of households in Nebraska face food insecurity, which amounts to more than 250,000 people, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. In Hall County alone, more than 6,600 people struggle to find food. Farmers in these farming communities are often busy helping to feed the world, but some families in these communities may not have access to enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to the upcoming America’s Farmers Food Drive, many food banks across the state of Nebraska will be able to provide food for these rural households.
The fifth annual America’s Farmers Food Drive, sponsored by Monsanto in conjunction with Farm Progress and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation (HGBF), will take place at Husker Harvest Days on Sept. 10-12 in Grand Island, Neb.
All FFA chapters and 4-H clubs in Nebraska are invited to participate in the America’s Farmers Food Drive. FFA and 4-H students who donate food will receive free entry to Husker Harvest Days. Additionally, the top three FFA chapters and top three 4-H clubs that bring in donations of more than 100 pounds of food will each be awarded $250.
“We hope the America’s Farmers Food Drive will raise awareness among our youth about hunger in rural America,” said Elizabeth Vancil, Monsanto customer advocacy outreach manager. “It is important that the next generation of farmers, today’s 4-H and FFA members, understand that families in their own communities face hunger. Last year, nearly 11,500 pounds of food was raised at the show, and we hope to exceed that amount this year.”
Additionally, for every pound of food collected, Monsanto will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Heartland United Way and HGBF will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Feeding America.
“U.S. farmers are helping to feed the world, yet as many as 50 million Americans struggle to meet their daily food needs,” said Howard G. Buffett, HGBF president. “The America’s Farmers Food Drive is an opportunity for farmers, neighbors and young people to support the food needs of people in their own communities.”
Monsanto launched the America’s Farmers Food Drive in 2009 at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Ill., which has resulted in more than 65,000 pounds of food collected to date.
To learn more about Monsanto’s commitment to farmers across America, please visit www.AmericasFarmers.com.