One Acre Goes a Long Way for Hunger

Planting season prompts soybean growers to commit their crop to nourishing children through World Soy Foundation's Acre Challenge.

Published on: Apr 21, 2010
As Ohio soybean growers put seeds in the ground this spring, they are also taking action to ensure their crop nourishes hungry children. Many farmers from around Ohio and the U.S. are giving the value of an acre of soybeans to the World Soy Foundation's Acre Challenge. The process is simple, even though many of the children are thousands of miles away in developing countries.

"The World Soy Foundation makes it easy to do the right thing with our soybeans," says Jeff Wuebker, Acre Challenge participant and president of the Ohio Soybean Association. "Our crop makes a real difference in the lives of children through the World Soy Foundation. By improving their health with our soy, we are nourishing minds as well as bodies. There is still time to give, I just gave my donation last month and I will soon plant my acre that I plan to give next year."

Children from around the world, including Guatemala, Africa, Afghanistan, Haiti, Honduras and more benefit from support of the World Soy Foundation. Contributions are tax deductible and can be made online at

One in six people in the world today is malnourished. Soy is an important part of the solution to global malnutrition since it offers much-needed protein and other nutrition. 

The World Soy Foundation is a charitable organization that can put the value of one acre of soybeans to use against hunger. Forty bushels of beans, the approximate national average yield, will make 18,000 rations of soy protein to children and adults in locations ranging from Africa to Latin America to Asia.

"We see children grow stronger thanks to the generosity of soybean farmers," says Nathan Ruby, World Soy Foundation executive director. "Farmer funds are leveraged with industry supporters, such as Cargill, Natural Products Inc., Soyatech, Sunopta and WhiteWave Foods as well as the many international organizations that recognize the importance of soy protein."

To join the fight against hunger and malnutrition with soy and the Acre Challenge, visit