Monsanto raises awareness of rural hunger

By From page A8 | November 11, 2012

While there is always one day dedicated to giving thanks every year, November is the month of appreciation. Employees of Monsanto in Davis would like to say thank you to all farmers and raise awareness of rural hunger by volunteering during the company’s first “Rural Hunger Volunteer Week.”

More than 15 percent of rural households are food-insecure, according to Feeding America, which amounts to 3 million households in the very communities where much of the world’s food supply is raised.

Employees at the Davis Monsanto site are volunteering at the Food Bank of Yolo County on Wednesday and Thursday to raise awareness about rural hunger in America. Volunteers include Chingying Li, Janet Nelsen, Rick Taytroe, Lynn Russell, Erin Figoni, Nick Wagner, Tim Conner, Pam Dickerson, Alessandra Frizzi, Charlene Levering, Dale Val and Beth Savidge.

They are among hundreds of Monsanto employees at nearly 40 different locations across the United States who will help raise awareness about and combat hunger in rural America.

By mobilizing employees across the country, Monsanto hopes to make a real impact while bringing the issue of rural hunger into people’s consciousness this holiday season, a news release said.

The company also is involved in several other efforts to fight hunger in America. Recently, Monsanto pledged $3 million to Invest an Acre, a partnership that helps farmers support their local food banks. Other efforts include annual food drives at industry trade shows, which have raised 80,000 pounds of food over three years, as well as donations to rural food banks amounting to $300,000 through the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

For more information about the program, visit www.monsanto.com/fightinghunger.

Enterprise staff

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