Janesville Food Bank receives much-needed help

December 2, 2011 by  

In southern Wisconsin, the Second Harvest Food Bank runs 30 mobile pantries and serves about 141,000 people every year, offering food and hope to those who need it most. Naturally, such an undertaking comes at considerable cost. The Janesville, Wis. site of the Monsanto Company recognized the food bank’s need and nominated it for a $5,000 grant.

It is difficult to describe exactly what kind of company Monsanto is, but in summary, it claims to maintain and innovate sustainable agriculture. According to the company’s website, the challenge is clear:

“Meeting the needs of today while preserving the planet tomorrow.”

It’s probably worth mentioning, however, that the company has had years of complaints, questionable legal cases and numerous public-relations problems dating back at least a decade. Complaints include, but are not limited to, child labor in India, where children are alleged to have worked with hazardous chemicals for roughly 50 cents per day, and uncontrolled hazardous-waste sites. The company is headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., ranked within the top 100 on the list of Fortune 500 companies and employs 21,035 people in 66 countries, nearly half of which are employed in the United States.

The president and chief executive officer of Second Harvest Food Bank, Dan Stein, was happy to hear about being nominated for Monsanto’s grant. Stein said:

“Second Harvest Food Bank is pleased to team up with the Monsanto Fund to address the needs of our community,”

The grant comes at a time of need for the food bank, and the cause could be furthered through poster and flyer printing from local print companies.

The grant was approved and presented to the Second Harvest Food Bank by Monsanto employee Thomas Jury during a Nov. 21 presentation at the bank’s Janesville site:

“The employees of the Janesville Monsanto site recognize the valuable contribution that Second Harvest Food Bank of southern Wisconsin makes to our community,” Jury stated. “We are thrilled to contribute in any way.”