Second Harvest Community Food Bank Blog
Do you work in the agriculture industry? If so, we need your help.
1 in 5. That’s the number of people in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas who are food insecure. While farmers are busy producing food, there has been no easy way for farmers to use their crops to help those struggling in our region. But what if these farmers could just hand part of the crops they grow to the people who need it most? That’s the idea behind Invest an Acre. Now, it’s easy for farmers to be part of the solution to hunger.
What is Invest an Acre?
Second Harvest Community Food Bank, ADM, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation, Monsanto and Feeding America have partnered to launch Invest an Acre, a program to encourage farmers across the country to donate one acre or more of crop proceeds to help nourish their neighbors in need.
How does my donation work?
It’s easy. You decide up front when filling out your grain contract how many bushels you’d like to donate. When you deliver your crop, a check for the sale of grain will be issued to Feeding America and then distributed to Second Harvest (your local food bank). Second Harvest will make sure the money is used to nourish our neighbors in need throughout Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas. You will receive a receipt for your charitable contribution. How much of my donation will benefit Second Harvest? 100% of your contribution will benefit Second Harvest when you donate grain through the Invest an Acre program. Monsanto will match your donation one-for-one, doubling the impact of your contribution. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation will underwrite all of the administrative costs.
How much will my donation help?
On average, every bushel of corn can help secure 18 meals and a bushel of soybeans can help secure up to 40 meals. When you donate a single acre, you are helping thousands of your neighbors to receive a healthy meal.
For more information, please contact:
Chad Higdon: firstname.lastname@example.org 816-364-3663, ext. 250
How else can I help?
We would like to know who the best contact would be for some agricultural groups (commodity, extension, farm bureau, coops, etc.) in Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas (Brown, Doniphan, Atchison and Leavenworth) to talk about Invest an Acre with producers and farmers.
Also, we are looking to form relationships with some grain elevators (i.e. MFA, Cargill, Bunge, Bartlett, AGP, etc.) in the same areas. If you're interested in assisting Second Harvest with opening some doors about our new grain donation program, please contact Chad Higdon.
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