Even though America’s farmers are among the most productive and efficient in the world, hunger is still a significant problem in America. Nearly 15% of all rural households are regularly without food – that’s around 3 million households in the very communities where much of the world’s food supply is raised. In addition, one out of every six people goes hungry regularly in the United States.
The American farmer is the heart of rural America and that’s why it is no surprise that farmers have stepped up to fight hunger in their own communities with the Invest An Acre program.
The Invest An Acre program gives farmers the opportunity to donate the revenue from their crops to a local food bank in their community. To help in this effort Monsanto will match donations made by farmers to make twice the difference.
One of the beneficiaries of this program is The Mid-Ohio Food Bank. During their most recent fiscal year, The Mid-Ohio Food Bank distributed 62 million pounds of food, nearly half of that being fresh food, to their 20 county territory throughout central and eastern Ohio.
“The Invest An Acre program started 3 years ago with the focus of grain farmers donating money at the elevator when they sold their product,” said Jami Willard, the Agriculture Acquisition Representative for The Mid-Ohio Food Bank. “Over time it has morphed into a National program where rural community members and agricultural professionals can also donate online and those funds will be matched with a donation by Monsanto. That money is then put to use right back in the zip code where it was given to alleviate local hunger.”
How do farmers get involved?
Farmers simply need to bring their crops to a local ADM elevator and let the elevator operator know that they’d like to participate in the Invest an Acre program and 100% of the donated proceeds go to Feeding America to buy food for local food banks. To date, over 5.1 million meals have been raised through the Invest An Acre program.
Donations may also be made online at InvestanAcre.org.