October 24, 2013 at 02:22pm
From National Farmers Union:
WASHINGTON (Oct. 18, 2013) – National Farmers Union (NFU) announced today its third annual campaign to help raise funds for Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity.
“For the third consecutive year, Farmers Union members and supporters have pledged to raise $50,000 to benefit Feeding America,” said NFU President Roger Johnson. “The work that Feeding America does directly impacts our rural communities. NFU’s family farmer and rancher members are proud to grow and raise the food that feeds our country, and our commitment to ending hunger in our own communities is a natural extension of that work.”
According to Feeding America, rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally lower than urban households, but slightly higher than the national average. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers. In fact, 15.5 percent of rural households are food insecure, an estimated 3.1 million households.
“Farmers work long, hard hours to feed the world, but with one in six Americans facing hunger and 14 million children being served by Feeding America in the United States, we need your help!” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union president and chairman of the Feeding America campaign. “National Farmers Union and Feeding America believe we can do more, and are teaming up to feed the hungry. You too can make a difference by donating today.”
For more information about giving locally, please visit www.NFU.org/feedingamerica.