WATERMAN – The food insecurity rate in rural America is higher than the national average. More than 3 million rural households don’t always know where their next meal will come from. Monsanto Company is committed to combating hunger in rural America, so this November, hundreds of Monsanto employees helped raise awareness of food insecurity by participating in the company’s second annual Rural Hunger Volunteer Month.
“Food insecurity is a reality for many people in this country, even for families in the farming communities where much of the world’s food supply is raised,” said Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto’s global volunteer program manager. “To get food on the tables of those who need it most, collaboration and willing volunteers are essential. That’s why Monsanto is supporting Rural Hunger Volunteer Month.”
Nearly 1,000 Monsanto employees volunteered more than 3,800 hours in 96 communities last year. This year, employees from 80 locations across the U.S., including Waterman, volunteered at local food banks to address the needs of the hungry as winter approaches.
The Monsanto Waterman location sent more than 50 volunteers to the Feed My Starving Children mobile pack event in Sycamore Nov. 14-17, assembling healthy food packs for hungry children in countries outside of the US. Volunteers from the site have also worked all year delivering meals for the local Meals on Wheels. The site also held a food drive in November and donated all the food collected to Feed’em Soup Community Project.
“Monsanto’s commitment to the community is demonstrated by the actions of the Waterman sites,” said community outreach lead Dusty Alderks. “Our volunteers take pride in giving back to our community. Several of us come from small towns in the surrounding area. We have recognized how effective we can be when we join together, allowing us to be very successful in all of our outreach endeavors.”