Farmers Raise Money For Food Banks

Inside Dakota Ag

Several groups of Dakota farmers and agribusinesses donate more than $51,000 to feed the hungry.

Published on: February 21, 2013

It is pretty cool that farmers in the Dakotas have raised a lot of money recently for food banks.

The South Dakota Corn Growers Association raised $25,000 for Feeding South Dakota, an organization that supplies food banks in South Dakota

North Dakota and South Dakota Farmers Union members raised more than $26,600 for food banks as part of a national challenge.

At the SDCGA’s recent annual meeting, Mark Gross, SDCGA president, challenged each member to give $100. Each $100 would allow Feeding South Dakota to purchase 400 meals, he said.

By the end of the evening, members and several agribusinesses had donated $25,000.

“Despite last summer’s drought, farmers have been very blessed these last few years. The right thing to do is help those who are less fortunate,” Gross said in a statement released by SDCGA. “People don’t go to the food bank because they want to; they go because they have nowhere else to turn.”

From left: Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota, receives a $25,000 check from Chad Blindauer and Mark Gross, presidents of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and South Dakota Corn Growers Association.
From left: Matt Gassen, executive director of Feeding South Dakota, receives a $25,000 check from Chad Blindauer and Mark Gross, presidents of the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council and South Dakota Corn Growers Association.

Agribusinesses that donated during the challenge included Cargill, Dupont Pioneer, First Bank & Trust, Monsanto, Premier Bank Card, Syngenta and WNAX Radio.

 

Farmers Union

North Dakota and South Dakota Farmers Unions led the nation in a drive to raise money among Farmers Union members to feed the hungry. NDFU raised $17,000 and SDFU members raised $9,600 as part of national campaign that raised $58,000.

No other state came close to raising as much and North Dakota and South Dakota Farmers Unions.

The National Farmers Union issued a challenge to members throughout the country to meet a $50,000 matching pledge made by the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. Members’ donations will go to food banks that serve hungry people in their communities.