Collection drives at ADM locations celebrate World Food Day
DECATUR, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In celebration of World Food Day, Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) employees donated more than 133,930 pounds (67 tons) of food to soup kitchens and food pantries in ADM communities worldwide. The donations were coordinated through the company’s ADM Cares program.
“ADM Cares offers employees the opportunity to volunteer and give back to their communities around the world,” said Eric Lowe, superintendent at ADM Milling in Mt. Vernon, Ind. “Our purpose as a company is to serve vital needs for food and energy. World Food Day offers our employees another way to do this, while also increasing awareness of the more than 1 billion people living in chronic hunger around the globe.”
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on October 16, the day on which the organization was founded in 1945. One objective of World Food Day is to strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and to draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development.
Throughout its history ADM has aided in the world’s efforts to reduce hunger. Last year, ADM Cares funded the creation of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of the institute is to work with smallholder farmers in the developing world to help preserve millions of metric tons of grains and oilseeds lost each year to pests, disease, mishandling and other factors. Helping farmers preserve more of what they already grow is fundamental to feeding the world, and to making the most of the land, water, energy and other inputs already used to grow crops. For more information, visit www.postharvestinstitute.illinois.edu.
About ADM Cares
ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organizations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.
About the Food and Agriculture Organization
Founded in 1945, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day each year on October 16. The objectives of World Food Day are to encourage attention to agricultural food production and to stimulate national, bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental efforts to this end; encourage economic and technical cooperation among developing countries; encourage the participation of rural people, particularly women and the least privileged categories, in decisions and activities influencing their living conditions; heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world; promote the transfer of technologies to the developing world; and strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty and draw attention to achievements in food and agricultural development. For more information, please visit www.fao.org.
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve vital needs. Today, 30,000 ADM employees around the globe convert oilseeds, corn, wheat and cocoa into products for food, animal feed, chemical and energy uses. With more than 265 processing plants, 400 crop procurement facilities, and the world’s premier crop transportation network, ADM helps connect the harvest to the home in more than 160 countries. For more information about ADM and its products, visit www.adm.com.
Archer Daniels Midland Company
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