Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bayer CropScience Donates 2,453 Pounds Of Food To Food Bank Of Central And Eastern North Carolina BackPack Program

Crop Science Company Committed To Meeting Nutritional Needs Of Children At Risk For Hunger

RALEIGH, N.C. – Bayer CropScience, one of the world’s top innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits, has announced that its employees gathered 2,453 pounds of food during its annual food drive competition. This friendly competition, which pits the different areas of the Bayer CropScience campus against each other, supports the company’s BackPack Program, which is administrated by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The mission of the BackPack Program is to help the Food Bank meet the nutritional needs of children at risk of hunger during non-school hours over weekends and holidays.

“It was incredible to see everyone at Bayer CropScience come forward and participate in this food drive,” said Jim Blome, President/CEO Bayer CropScience North America. “We are committed to investing in the health and development of our children. It is hard to focus on learning when hungry, and this program ensures that students have the nutrients they need in order to ready to participate in school on Monday.”
- The Bayer CropScience BackPack Program is in its sixth year, and according to a survey conducted by the Food Bank, the program is fulfilling a great need. When children are hungry, it is difficult to focus on learning. Of the school principals responding to the survey, 86.1 percent agreed that the program has had a positive impact on the academic performance of students participating in the program. 

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 6.5 billion (2009), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 18,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at:

The BackPack Program is intended to meet the nutritional needs of children during non-school hours, specifically weekends. The goal of the program is to provide children, who are at risk of hunger, access to nutritious, non-perishable meal components to meet their weekend nutritional needs. Through the program, once each week, children are given special backpacks that are filled with non-perishable food that can be used over the weekend, and then the bags are returned Monday and the process repeated.

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Bayer Group or subgroup management. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Bayer’s public reports which are available on the Bayer website at The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.


Jennifer Fair
MMI Public Relations
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Beth Roden
Bayer CropScience
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