Monsanto helps with the rural hunger volunteer initiative to fight hunger

Monday, March 17, 2014

Many households affected by hunger are found right in the farming communities where much of the world's food supply is raised. Monsanto Company is committed to combating hunger and supporting rural America. That is why this spring, Monsanto employees across the country are participating in the company's third bi-annual rural hunger volunteer initiative.

"Monsanto continues to support the rural hunger volunteer initiative because we are dedicated to getting food on the tables of those who need it most," Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto's global volunteer program manager, said. "Hunger is an ongoing issue for many people in this country and we are working together to be a part of the solution."

More than 750 Monsanto employees volunteered nearly 2,500 hours in 81 communities this past November, as part of the second bi-annual rural hunger volunteer initiative. This spring, employees from nearly 20 locations across the U.S., including Marshall, volunteered at local food banks. Members from the Monsanto corn research station volunteered at the Community Food Pantry in Marshall.

"The Marshall corn research staff is committed to reducing local hunger in our community," Dan Lubich, commercial breeder at the corn research station,said. "Our employees gain a sense of corporate responsibility, respect and dependability that can be carried back into our work place and help our broader community."

Monsanto is dedicated to strengthening the rural communities where farmers live and work. In addition to the rural hunger volunteer initiative, 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 five years, as well as donations to rural food banks through the Monsanto funds America's farmers grow communities program.

More information about Monsanto's commitment to fight rural hunger can be found by logging on to www.monsanto.com/fightinghunger.