Rural hunger in America is a serious problem. In fact, one in six Americans will face hunger-related issues. Monsanto has joined with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Feeding America to do something about it.
The Invest an Acre program encourages farmers to donate the proceeds of one or more acres of crops to help feed hungry families in their community. Proceeds from just one acre of crops can provide thousands of healthy meals to these families within their community.
Farmers bring their crops to a local ADM elevator and tell the operator they’d like to donate a portion of their crop to Invest an Acre. Monsanto then matches the dollar value of that donation to make double the impact.
We were the first seed company to join Invest an Acre, and we remain committed for the long-term, having made a $3 million commitment to the program over the next four crop years. This partnership represents the full agricultural chain, from seed provider, to farmer, to grain handler — all working together with hunger-fighting organizations to benefit rural communities.
Total families fed or acres donated: Invest an Acre uses a meal equivalency of $1 = 3 meals. By this calculation method, it has distributed more than 3 million meals to date.
Invest an Acre in Action
“Monsanto is one of many companies that has an interest in what is going on in America as far as rural hunger. Monsanto has been a huge help for this agency when the Farm Progress show has been in Decatur. They have matched the donations that have come in for that, and that’s been a huge help for us in continuing to feed people in this area.”
Jerry Pelz, Director of Southeast Community Fund, Decatur, IL
Monsanto Employees Fight Rural Hunger
As a part of the Invest an Acre effort, our people established an employee volunteer initiative that sent Monsanto employees to food banks in their area. Fifty U.S. Monsanto sites participated in events held during Fighting Rural Hunger Volunteer Week in November, contributing over 2,000 volunteer hours. At most sites, employees volunteered at local food banks, sorting donations, unpacking trucks, loading care packages and helping in whatever ways were needed.
This article is an excerpt from Monsanto’s 2012 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report. To see the whole report, please visit Monsanto.com.