Greensboro, N.C. – For the second consecutive year, Syngenta is fulfilling its pledge to donate up to $100,000 to community food banks across the nation through its hunger-relief campaign, Weeding out Hunger™ with Halex® GTcorn herbicide.
According to the USDA, more than 50 million Americans are food insecure1, meaning roughly one in six people risk going to bed hungry each night.
This month, Syngenta will complete donations to 71 food banks in 20 states, based on grower purchases of Halex GT, which is Glyphosate with Residual™ for glyphosate-tolerant corn.
“Those involved in agricultural production are fighting hunger every day on a global scale,” said David Piñon, communications lead, Syngenta. “Through the Weeding out Hunger campaign, we’re acting locally by helping growers who purchase Halex GT provide hunger assistance in their own communities.”
Due to continuing economic struggles, food banks across the country are facing increased demand for their services.
“In our service area, we’ve seen the need for food assistance rise 50 percent in the last two years, and as a result our shelves are literally bare,” said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO, Food Bank for the Heartland, based in Omaha, Neb. “The money we are receiving on behalf of Weeding out Hunger will allow us to provide thousands of meals to those in need. Without friends like Syngenta, we simply wouldn’t be able to fulfill our mission of helping feed and assist others.”
In addition to monetary donations based on product sales, the campaign also donated nearly 5,000 pounds of nonperishable food items to 51 food banks during the Weeding out Hunger Road Show, which traveled through 60 Midwest towns from February through April.
“Over the last two years, we’ve seen firsthand just how great the need for food is here in the U.S.,” said Pinon. “It’s obvious that hunger is not just an urban problem; it’s affecting our rural communities as well. It’s an honor to be able to support our customers by giving back on their behalf through Weeding out Hunger.”
For more information about Halex GT and the Weeding out Hunger campaign, follow the campaign on Facebook. For every 250 “likes” the page receives, Weeding out Hunger will donate $250 to a community food bank (up to $1,000). To receive real-time updates, follow the campaign on Twitter.