Monsanto Rural Hunger Volunteer Month Helps Combat Hunger

Monsanto Rural Hunger Volunteer Month Helps Combat Hunger

Monsanto volunteers are helping put food on the table this holiday season.

The food insecurity rate in rural America is higher than the national average. More than three million rural households don't always know where their next meal will come from. Monsanto Company is committed to combating hunger in rural America, so this winter, hundreds of Monsanto employees will help raise awareness of food insecurity by participating in the company's second annual Rural Hunger Volunteer Month.

HELPING FIGHT HUNGER: To help alleviate food insecurity for hungry people in the local community as winter approaches, employees at the Monsanto site in Grinnell, Iowa have volunteered the past two years collecting food items for the local food bank. In fall 2013 they hosted a food drive during the month of November, as did Monsanto employees at Ankeny, Huxley, Williamsburg, Grinnell and Muscatine.

"Food insecurity is a reality for many people in this country, even for families in the farming communities where much of the world's food supply is raised," says Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto's global volunteer program manager. "To get food on the tables of those who need it most, collaboration and willing volunteers are essential. That's why Monsanto is supporting Rural Hunger Volunteer Month."

Focus is on volunteering at local food banks to address the needs of the hungry this winter

Nearly 1,000 Monsanto employees volunteered more than 3,800 hours in 96 communities last year as part of the Rural Hunger Volunteer initiative. This year, employees from 80 locations across the U.S. will volunteer at local food banks to address the needs of the hungry this winter. The employees at the Monsanto location at Ankeny, Iowa, already did their volunteer work in November.

Employees at the Ankeny Monsanto site volunteered at the Red Rock Community Action Program Food Bank, and also hosted a food drive throughout November for the food bank. The Monsanto sites in Iowa that participated in November were Ankeny, Huxley, Williamsburg, Grinnell and Muscatine. The Ankeny Monsanto site employees also donated their time and effort to the food bank this past February.

Employees of the company feel it is important to give back to the communities where they live and work

"Ankeny, Iowa is not a rural area, but there are many people in the city who cannot afford to feed their family," says Kim Schaaf, Ankeny Monsanto site lead. "Monsanto employees are very blessed to have great jobs at a company that cares about their employees, and we feel it is important to pay it forward in the community where we live and work."

Monsanto is dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers live and work. In addition to Rural Hunger Volunteer Month, the company is involved in several other efforts to fight hunger. Monsanto pledged $3 million to Invest an Acre, a partnership which helps farmers support their local food banks. Other efforts include annual food drives at industry tradeshows, which have raised more than 100,000 pounds of food over four years, as well as donations to rural food banks through the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program.

More information about Monsanto's commitment to end rural hunger can be found at the Monsanto website.

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