Weeding out Hunger with Halex GT corn herbicide will host a food drive at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, on February 25 and 26 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Non-perishable food donations will benefit the Mid-South Food Bank in Memphis and can be made at the Syngenta Weeding out Hunger booth (#7061) and various other locations throughout the show.
Syngenta created Weeding out Hunger in 2010 as a hunger relief campaign based on product sales of Halex GT. In its inaugural year, Weeding out Hunger donated $100,898 and more than five tons of non-perishable food to 78 food banks in 24 states. While Syngenta is thinking globally to grow more food from less land and help feed a growing population, it is also acting locally through Halex GT and Weeding out Hunger to help food banks address the needs that surround us today.
The Mid-South Food Bank distributes 11,014,649 pounds of food annually to approximately 186,500 people in 31 counties. According to the Hunger in the Mid-South 2010 report, 21,000 people receive emergency food assistance from the Mid-South Food Bank any given week and 31 percent of those served are children under 18.
Items most needed include: canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned 100 percent fruit juice, canned meats (including tuna, stews, chicken and dumplings, chili, SPAM and soups) and peanut butter. The Mid-South Food Bank has asked individuals to avoid donating items in glass bottles. Additionally, attendees can make monetary donations at the Weeding out Hunger booth that will be allocated to the Food for Kids BackPack Program at the Mid-South Food Bank.