Monsanto employees are fighting rural hunger as part of a coordinated volunteer effort in areas where Monsanto employees live and work across the United States.
Two events – one in November 2012 and one in February 2013 - resulted in 965 Monsanto employees working more than 3,800 volunteer hours at 96 food bank or food drive locations.
At most sites, employees volunteered at local food banks, sorting donations, unpacking trucks, loading care packages, and helping in whatever ways were needed. Other sites organized food drives.
The effort is part of an employee volunteer program called Monsantogether, which is focused on enriching the communities where Monsanto employees live and work. Both individual employees and groups of employees can earn money through Monsantogether for qualified non-profit organizations where they volunteer, simply as a result of volunteering a minimum of 20 hours.
In 2012, Monsanto awarded more than $225,000 in grants to non-profit organizations based on nearly 50,000 employee volunteer hours. Of that amount, $15,000 was directed toward food banks and food pantries across the U.S. to help address local community needs.
The Fighting Rural Hunger volunteer events are part of Monsanto’s larger effort to eradicate hunger in rural America through partnerships and philanthropy.