Feeding America Asks Farmers and Gardeners to Help Feed People Living at Risk of Hunger
Spring planting season is about to begin across the nation. Feeding America would like to encourage everyone, from the farmer who cultivates a thousand acres of sweet corn to a gardening enthusiast who grows a plot of vegetables in her backyard, to consider growing crops for a local food bank. Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing food and grocery products to more than 37 million low-income Americans each year through a network of more than 200 food banks, which serve every community in the United States.
“We work very hard to get fresh fruits and vegetables to millions of Americans living at risk of hunger throughout our nation, and we are extremely grateful to agricultural producers, farmers, the food and grocery industries, and individuals who donate millions of pounds of fresh produce to us each season. But more is needed,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America.
There are a number of ways farmers and gardeners can help their local food banks and the pantries they serve:
Harvest for All
The American Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers have worked side by side with Feeding America for the past 10 years to help provide food to those in need around our country through the Harvest for All campaign.
The Young Farmers and Ranchers across the nation donate food, funds and volunteer hours to help create a hunger-free America. And whether the contribution is a bushel, a dollar, or an hour, The American Farm Bureau and Feeding America work together with the goal of ensuring that every American can enjoy the bounty produced on the nation’s farms and ranches.
In 2013, Young Farmers and Ranchers programs across the country donated nearly 33 million pounds of food, spent more than 13,000 hours volunteering, and gave $810,033 to their local food banks and food pantries.
Those interested in helping their local food bank this planting season should contact their local food bank by using Feeding America’s “food bank finder” at feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx