The Harvest to End Hunger program provides a way through which ag producers can make donations of the crops they take out of the field this fall.
Farmers feed the world. Unfortunately, though, there are some who do not have access to that food. For a variety of reasons their cupboards are empty, and they are going hungry. To help address that issue, food shelf organizations have been established, and through a new program known as Harvest to End Hunger, farmers are being given the opportunity to help. According to Heather Olson of Second Harvest in Minnesota, the Harvest to End Hunger program provides a way through which ag producers can make donations of the crops they take out of the field this fall. “Farmers are being asked to invest an acre,” said Olson, adding those donations can make a big difference in the lives of people across the state who are hungry. Invest an Acre is a program of Feeding America, which is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks. Through the program, farmers can make a cash donation based on what comes in from the field. “Any amount helps, said Olson, adding a match is being offered by Monsanto of up to $675,000. Olson is hoping a lot of that matching money comes to Minnesota. Fresh produce can also be added, and those who make donations can designate them to their local food shelf. To find out more about the program, visit www.harvesttoendhungerMN.org.