The Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will give those attending the show an opportunity to help the Mid-South Food Bank through cash contributions and donations.
Farmers across the Mid-South are invested in food security efforts, according to Timothy L. Price, Mid-South Farm & Gin Show manager. “Nearly 50 million Americans – one in six – deal with inadequate food supplies on a regular basis. Mid-South agriculture – American agriculture – cares deeply about defeating hunger. This effort is an expression of that compassion,” he said.
Donations (cash or check) will be accepted at select locations in the show with all contributions going to the Mid-South Food Bank. The South’s premier farm show is a perfect place for this effort, Price said. “Each year farmers look to the companies at the Show for the latest technology to improve yield as they continue to supply the world with food, fiber and fuel. The Show offers an opportunity to highlight this critical food issue, engage farmers in the effort, and help ensure the Mid-South Food Bank has adequate supplies,” Price said.
In a complimentary but separate effort, Syngenta will be collecting non-perishable food items at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. Food donation barrels will be located near entrances to the show. Suggestions for non-perishable food items include: canned meats, tuna, stews, chicken and dumplings, chili, Spam, soups, peanut butter, canned fruits, canned vegetables and canned 100% fruit juice as well as other non-perishable items.
“Farmers are keenly aware of the needs of the rural counties throughout the Mid-South. They view this campaign as a way to heighten awareness that hunger knows no county or state borders and the importance of helping provide food for those who need it,” Price said. “We’re fortunate to have the Mid-South Food Bank to distribute food products to those in need.”
The Mid-South Food Bank serves 200 agencies with 285 charitable feeding programs in 31 counties in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas including many rural and farming communities. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, youth programs, rehabilitation centers, residential programs, senior programs and daycares.
For more information go to www.midsouthfoodbank.org.