Wisconsin Soybean Farmers Join the Food for Kidz Effort October 1st, 2013

Date: October 1, 2013
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Wisconsin Soybean Farmers Join the Food for Kidz Effort

Waunakee, WI, October 1, 2013— Wisconsin Soybean farmers will be among 1,000 community volunteers who will gather to make more than 200,000 meals at Waunakee Feed the Need’s eighth annual Food for Kidz event on October 20. The majority of the packaged meals will feed those in war torn Afghanistan. This is 10,000 more meals than last year as the need is great. One in seven people in the world go to bed hungry. Wisconsin Soybean farmers help feed the hungry in local communities as well as in developing countries around the world through the crops they grow, their donations and volunteer efforts.

“We are proud to join the Food for Kidz effort to feed children and their families in need,” says Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board President Mike Cerny, a farmer from Walworth County.  It’s a noble cause as farmers to help feed neighbors and families around the world by providing a protein-rich food source.”

Food for Kidz relies on the volunteers and donors to raise money to pay for food ingredients that are packaged into meals. Each food package provides six nutritionally complete meals for hungry children and their families. It’s appropriate that Wisconsin Soybean farmers, through the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board, support this event, because one of the main ingredients is soy protein. Other ingredients include rice, dried vegetables, vitamins and minerals. The packaged meals are distributed free; locally as well as internationally to help feed the world’s hungry. Food scientists at Cargill, General Mills and Archer Daniels Midland developed the formula for the food packages. Each meal costs about 15 cents. The Waunakee Feed the Need volunteers have packaged 1,045,000 meals since 2006.

To learn more about the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and its work in the community, visit the website at www.wisoybean.org.

To donate, volunteer or learn more about participating in the Waunakee Feed the Need eighth annual Food for Kids event visit the website at www.waunakeefeedtheneed.org or call 608.231.9901. You’ll find the website for the Stewart, MN-based Food For Kidz at www.foodforkidz.org.

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About Waunakee Feed The Need: A local nonprofit group whose mission is to provide nutritious meals to the hungry both here and around the world. Annually the group packages more than 200,000 meals with the help of over 800 volunteers. Last year more than 50,000 meals were given to the Dane County Community Action Coalition (CAC) and distributed free to 50 local food pantries.

The Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board (WSMB) is a grassroots, farmer-led organization that leads efforts in soybean research and the expansion of soybean market opportunities. Established in 1983 as part of a Wisconsin-mandated checkoff, the board works every day to maximize the profitability of Wisconsin’s 11,000 soybean growers. It builds soybean demand, creates new uses for soybeans, and focuses on soybean disease research. The Wisconsin Soybean Association (WSA) represents soybean farmer-members to positively impact regulatory and legislative issues on a local, state and national level. For more information, visit www.wisoybean.org