The fourth annual America's Farmers Food Drive, sponsored by Monsanto in conjunction with Farm Progress Company and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation, will take place at the 2012 Farm Progress Show August 28-30 in Boone, Iowa. The first 250 attendees who donate a bag of food at the Farm Progress Show entrance will be given free entry upon arrival.
"The food that is collected will stay local and will benefit the communities of those people who donated," says Linda Arnold, Monsanto's customer advocacy lead. "Through the America's Farmers Food Drive, we strive to raise awareness of rural hunger. We hope to surpass 10,000 pounds, which was collected at last year's Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois."
Nearly 15% of rural households in America face food insecurity, which amounts to an estimated 3 million families, according to Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization.
FFA chapters and 4-H clubs in Iowa can also participate and gain free admission
All FFA chapters and 4-H clubs in Iowa are invited to participate in the America's Farmers Food Drive at the Farm Progress Show. Students who donate food will receive free entry to the Farm Progress Show and the top three FFA chapters and top three 4-H clubs that donate the highest amount of food, in pounds, will be awarded $250 directly to their organization. Additionally, for every pound of food collected, Monsanto will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to United Way of Story County, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to Feeding America.
"America's farmers are already leaders in trying to create a more food secure world," says Howard G. Buffet, HGBF president. "But we must always remember that 50 million Americans struggle to keep food on the table every day. The America's Farmers Food Drive is an opportunity for farmers to do what they do best: help feed our families, friends and neighbors."
From Muscatine to Storm Lake, Monsanto sites across the state are also participating in a food drive competition for the month of August. The food that is raised from each site will be donated to a local food pantry.
Bring your bag of canned food to 2012 Farm Progress Show August 28-30
Monsanto launched the America's Farmers Food Drive in 2009 at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois which resulted in more than 40,000 pounds of food being donated to United Way to date. Visitors to the 2012 Farm Progress Show can donate food at collection centers located at the three public entrance gates, in addition to the vendor entrance gate August 28 through August 30.
To learn more about Monsanto's commitment to farmers across America, visit www.AmericasFarmers.com.
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About The Howard G. Buffett Foundation: Established in 1999, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation's primary mission is to combat hunger and improve the standard of living for vulnerable populations throughout the world. The foundation invests in a full spectrum of initiatives to address global hunger and food insecurity including: direct humanitarian aid for populations in crisis; agricultural development for smallholder farmers, particularly women; livelihood improvement for smallholders through commercial market access; academic and field research to increase farmer productivity in resource-constrained contexts; and advocacy campaigns to sustain and scale best practices. Learn more at www.thehowardgbuffettfoundation.org.