Greensboro, N.C., USA – 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® GT corn herbicide. This includes a $13,000 donation to five Minnesota food banks.
According to Feeding America®, 583,710 Minnesotans – or 11.2% of the state’s population – are food insecure, including 231,100 children who risk going to bed hungry every night.
The $13,000 donation was distributed to five Minnesota food banks: Second Harvest Heartland, Channel One Food Bank, North Country Food Bank, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, and Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank.
“We at Second Harvest Heartland are extremely pleased to have this partnership with Weeding out Hunger and Syngenta,” said Jennifer Halcrow, Vice President of Advancement, Second Harvest Heartland. “We’ve seen hunger double in our region within the past five years and currently one in ten Minnesotans have to choose between food and other necessities. Having corporate partners like Syngenta allows us to create new and sustainable ways to meet this need and help our hungry neighbors.”
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™ and provides a more convenient and higher-yielding alternative to any other post-emergence, straight glyphosate corn herbicide program.
“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.”
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 Piñon. “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.