Campaign to Minnesota Farmers Urges Them to Help Solve Hunger Locally
A big factor in battling hunger in rural communities might just be the people who are already feeding the world. The six Feeding America food banks serving local regions in Minnesota have joined forces to offer farmers simple ways to help fight hunger in their local communities – Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota launched to the public this week.
Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota is one-stop resource that invites Minnesota farmers to give in one of two ways—by donating dollars from non-edible crop sales at their local elevator (using Invest an Acre) or by donating produce crops to the food banks (through the Share Fresh program).
“Farmers are in the business of feeding people and Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota gives them a way to show their generosity for those in their communities who are hungry,” says Laurel Feddema, chief community engagement officer. “For participating food banks, this is a way to bring in support of funds and food and is a way to let farmers know they can help solve hunger occurs in their own communities.”
Farmers are now being urged to participate in Feeding America’s Invest an Acre program by pledging revenue from their 2014 crops, with an overall goal of 1,000 acres worth pledged in Minnesota this year. One hundred percent of the donation stays in the farmer’s community, and all of the money goes directly to buy food for hungry families. The Monsanto Company matches the farmer’s donation, dollar for dollar, up to $675.000 nationally, doubling the impact.
The coalition of participating food banks includes Channel One Regional Food Bank, Great Plains Food Bank, North Country Food Bank, Inc., Second Harvest Heartland, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.
Learn more about Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota or make your pledge today.
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