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Farmers offered chance to fight hunger

This fall, although they already play a large role in food production, Minnesota farmers will have an opportunity to help solve the problem of hunger in rural communities.

Feeding America’s Invest an Acre program turns farmers’ contributions into meals for local families. Farmers can get involved in two ways: They can make a cash donation now or pledge to make a donation from this year’s crop at harvest.

“Hunger does not discriminate,” said Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One Regional Food Bank. “It does not care where you live. Hunger does not care whether you are young or old. Hunger can strike anyone at any time.”

One in 10 Minnesotans is at risk of missing a meal every day. Invest an Acre is part of a larger initiative to engage farmers in combating hunger – Harvest to End Hunger Minnesota.

The second arm of the program is Share Fresh MN, a fresh-produce donation program that accepts unharvested or unsold produce. To donate, farmers should visit HarvestToEndHunger MN.org and pledge the revenue from an acre, bushel or any amount of their 2014 crop.

One hundred percent of the donation stays in the farmer’s community, and all of the money goes directly to provide food to hungry families.

The Monsanto Company is matching every donation nationally, dollar for dollar, up to $675,000, doubling the impact.

For more information, visit www.HarvestToEndHungerMN.org.

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