ADM Contributes $1 Million to Support Local Food Banks
Contribution Will Fund 30 Mobile Food Distribution Efforts in 21 States
DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYS: ADM) today announced that it is contributing $1 million to Feeding America to support the operation of 30 mobile food distribution units operating in 21 states.
"ADM is committed to making a difference in the places where we live and work, and especially in the wake of this year's severe drought, we believe it is critical to address the issue of hunger in rural communities," said ADM chairman and CEO Patricia Woertz. "The mobile food banks we are supporting will help to deliver food to people who are not only in need, but who may live a long way from their closest food bank."
ADM will fund $30,000 grants to 30 individual Feeding America member food banks in 21 states for mobile distributions over two years. On average, a $30,000 grant provides six mobile distributions within each food bank's counties. A complete list of locations receiving grants is below.
Today's contribution builds on other ADM efforts in rural communities, particularly Invest an Acre, a joint project with Feeding America, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation and Monsanto, in which farmers can choose to donate part of the profit from their crop at ADM elevators to help feed their neighbors in need (for more information, see www.InvestAnAcre.org).
"This significant and generous gift from ADM will make a real impact on the work of Feeding America. The mobile food pantries these funds will purchase will help our food banks distribute much-needed food like fresh produce, dairy products and meat to low-income families in remote and rural locations, which are traditionally the most difficult for us to serve," said Matt Knott, interim President and CEO of Feeding America. "We are extremely grateful to ADM for this gift, and for their ongoing support of our mission."
The contribution was made through ADM Cares, a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.
Complete List of Grant Recipients:
Montgomery Area Food Bank, Inc.
Arkansas Food Bank
Mid-South Food Bank
Second Harvest of South Georgia
Atlanta Community Food Bank
Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Food Bank of Iowa
River Bend Food Bank
Food Bank for the Heartland
The Idaho Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Central Illinois Food Bank (Decatur & Quincy)
Peoria Area Food Bank
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Tri-State Food Bank
St. Louis Area Food Bank
Harvesters - The Community Food Network
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Second Harvest Heartland
Southeast Missouri Food Bank
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Lowcountry Food Bank
Feeding South Dakota
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYS: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. With more than 270 processing plants, 420 crop procurement facilities, and the world's premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.
About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow our news on Twitter at twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
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