The Detroit Ramblers 4-H Club has initiated a county effort to promote the national Invest An Acre Program, with a special effort to help our county food banks in Abilene and Herington. Simply put, the Invest An Acre Program encourages farmers and landowners to donate an acre of their production to the local food pantry.
The Howard Buffet Foundation pays for all the administrative costs of the program, so 100 percent of all donations go to our Dickinson County Food Pantry. Monsanto has partnered with the Howard Buffet Foundation and is matching all donations up to $850,000.
In 2012 the Abilene Food Pantry in Dickinson County:
• 2,701 individuals were provided assistance;
• 896 household food assists were provided;
• the majority of food assists are provided to single mothers with children.;
• food assists are only provided for three months, then a family must wait for three months before reapplying;
• 12.9 percent of county residents are considered food insecure.
“Our 4-H members have decided to pursue a challenge initiative that will further support our local food pantry,” said Drew Miller, chairman of the Invest An Acre Committee. “We are asking business owners to provide Challenge Grants of $250 or more. Our goal is to raise $10,000 of matching business pledges.
“Those business owners that chose to participate will be recognized in our promotional information distributed to farmers and land owners through the following levels—Gold $1,000 or more; Silver $750 or more; Bronze $500 or more and Clover $250 or more,” Miller said. “Towards the end of the year, we will contact the business owner for their pledge dollars. If $10,000 was not given, the pledge amounts will be prorated.”
Additional information has been enclosed regarding the Invest An Acre Program.
“Our 4-H Club is truly excited to promote a program which could make such a positive difference in the lives of local families,” Miller said
For additional questions, please contact the Detroit Ramblers 4-H Club or Miller at 785-280-2473 or the Invest An Acre Program go to www.InvestAnAcre.org.