Donate food at Husker Harvest Days to help fight local hunger
GRAND ISLAND, Neb– Visitors to this year’s Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, Nebraska, will have an opportunity to contribute to the fight against hunger for local Nebraska families. From Sept. 9-11, organizers will be accepting nonperishable food donations for the America’s Farmers Food Drive. Since 2009, this food drive has collected more than 100,000 pounds of food, providing enough nourishment for 83,000 meals. All of the food collected will be donated to local hunger organizations. The food drive is sponsored by Monsanto, in conjunction with Farm Progress Companies to benefit the Heartland United Way.
“In order for children and families to thrive and do their best every day, they need reliable and nutritious food,” says Karen Rathke, president of Heartland United Way in Grand Island. “There are 9,270 people in our four-county area that are completely food insecure, uncertain where their next meal is coming from—and almost half of those individuals are children. That’s why our food pantries, shelters, backpack programs and places that serve community meals need food to support individuals and families.”
FFA chapters and 4-H clubs have special incentives to participate in the food drive. Members from these two organizations will receive free admission with a donation of five nonperishable food items per student. 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 from Monsanto. Donations will be accepted at the main bus entrance and main street flag entrance of the show.
“Students involved in FFA and 4-H are the future of agriculture,” said Elizabeth Vancil, customer advocacy manager at Monsanto. “Raising awareness about the reality of rural hunger helps students understand their role in feeding an ever growing population and builds educated and passionate leaders for the next generation.”
Additionally, for every pound of food collected, Monsanto will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to the Heartland United Way. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation is also committed to matching that donation with $1 (up to $10,000) to Feeding America. Join this important cause and donate food at this year’s Husker Harvest Days.